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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight.
As the first case of an incurable sheep virus is found in
Lincolnshire, what impact will it have on the county's farms?
I don't know how it's arrived here. It is worrying because we're about
to come into the peak lambing season.
More than 30 jobless people for every vacancy. Hull is amongst the
worst in the country for those trying to find a job. School pupils
investigate the local businesses benefiting from the Olympics.
And hundreds brave the elements to watch England's oldest horse race.
There should be more sunshine tomorrow. I will have the forecast
later. Hello. It kills livestock and is carried
by midges, and tonight the first case of an incurable sheep disease
has been found on a farm in Lincolnshire. Experts say
Schmallenberg is unlikely to affect humans. But farmers in the county
are being asked to be vigilant as it often leads to stillborn
offspring. Siobhan Robbins' report contains a picture of a dead lamb.
Bob Sheldon's ewes are expecting around 400 lambs, but until they're
born they won't know if any have the Schmallenberg virus. So far,
one case has been confirmed on an unnamed farm in Lincolnshire. It
causes stillborns and deformities. It's very worrying, but it is a
amongst a lot of other worrying things that affect livestock
farmers. It is another nail in the coffin. Because this virus is
carried by midges, it is very difficult for farmers to protect
against it. There is not yet a vaccine, so it is a cruel game of
Russian roulette for farmer and flock.
The virus spread to the UK from Europe at the start of the Year.
158 cases have been reported across the south, the latest in
Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. is very early days and we are in a
potentially low risk earlier, but it is worrying because we are about
to come into the lambing season. It is where the income for the rest of
the year is being given birth to. Scientists in Surrey are now
testing midges to find out more about the virus. Sheep that survive
often build up immunity, but a vaccine is needed to stop the
spread. We are infecting been set artificially in the laboratory to
confirm that midges are involved. That way, we can predict how the
virus was bed at night help us find ways to control it. The second way
is to develop a diagnostic test. Farmers know a vaccine could take
years. In the meantime, they can only wait to see if their flocks
are affected. That is an important story for
sheep farmers, and one that we will continue to follow.
In a moment: Last week London, this week Louth.
Olympian Kate Haywood returns to her first swimming club. No
criminal charges are to be brought over the explosion at an illegal
vodka factory in Boston last summer. Five people died in the blast, and
a sixth man suffered extensive burns. The Crown Prosecution
Service says it can't establish either the cause or who was
responsible. A �50 million development for Mablethorpe has
been given the go-ahead after councillors changed their minds
Developers want to build 180 new homes, together with a supermarket,
garage, pub and restaurant on the outskirts of the town. East Lindsey
District Council originally turned down the application in December.
Humberside Police say no members of staff at Scunthorpe General will
face criminal charges after allegations were made that a baby
had been injured during treatment. Police had received a complaint
about an incident on the hospital's children's ward. Let's speak now to
Anne-Marie Tasker. What have Humberside Police told you today?
When I spoke to them, they said their investigation into this
incident is now complete. It followed a complaint when it was
alleged that their baby had been injured when it was being
restrained for treatment on Disney Ward, a hospital's children's ward.
We understand that four nurses and health support worker were
suspended, but the police say no criminal charges are to be brought
and no further action taken, and all people involved have been
updated with this development. has a hospital trust said? I spoke
to the Northern Hospitals NHS Trust, which looks after the Scunthorpe
General Hospital, and it confirmed that its internal investigation is
still continuing, but it would not comment on how long it expects that
investigation to take. I asked about the five staff who we
understand were suspended, and they would not confirm or deny whether
they remain suspended or ever were suspended. They would only say
appropriate action had been taken against the staff involved. Thank
you very much. A man who called 999 for an ambulance for his wife has
lodged an official complaint because they had to wait four hours
for a vehicle. Jenny Hook from Hessle near Hull is still in
hospital after breaking her hip on Saturday night. Her husband Alan
says when an ambulance arrived to take her to hospital, it had come
all the way from Doncaster. He's complained to the Yorkshire
Ambulance Trust about how long she was left in pain. She could have
cut a blood vessel of whatever, especially trying to move around on
it. She said it was grating. That his what I was trying to tell the
staff there. If she had cut something like that, she could have
bled to death with internal injuries. Yorkshire Ambulance
Service has told us "the patient's condition wasn't deemed to be
immediately life-threatening". It says it was referred to NHS Direct,
who contacted the family to say a non-emergency ambulance would take
her to hospital within four hours. It says it's looking into the
family's concerns. Two constituencies in Hull are
amongst the worst places in the country to get a job. It's
estimated more than 35 people are competing for each vacancy in East
Hull. In North Hull, the figure is almost 31. The news comes after the
latest unemployment figures showed the number of people out of work
has risen across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Linsey Smith has more.
This weekly job club helps the unemployed with CVs, interview
skills and applications. There are 5,000 people out of work in East
Hull. Today, just five attended. was made redundant in October from
a printing company where I was a production manager. I am finding it
very difficult to find someone to employ me. I lost the internet
recently, so have been coming here. I get the paper every Wednesday.
There are 45 people chasing every vacancy in East Hall. That compares
to a national average of just over five. It is not the worst. In one
place in Wales, 63 people are chasing every vacancy. That does
not make any living round here easy. I have been looking for a job for
the last two years. A lot of the time, it is not getting knocked
back, it is not getting a reply that is ready this heartening.
son cannot get a job. A Iowa plaster and it is hard to get wet.
Tell me about your experience. It is hard, really hard. It is not all
bad news. This coffee shop was set up in East Hull. The manager saw it
as an option -- saw the downturn as an opportunity. The employer gets a
choice of so many good applicants. There is no doubt businesses like
this are easing the pressure, but this area is hoping for a major
boost to lifted off the bottom of this league table. I spoke to Karl
Turner before we came on air. Government's plan is clearly not
working. It is clear to me that the austerity measures are hurting, but
not working. We have been saying for over 18 months that the
Government need a plan for growth. We have offered them the systems,
and a five putt plan, we suggested reducing VAT, a banker's bonus to
get young unemployed people back to work. The Government are not
listening. They need to listen, because it is painful to people in
my constituency. It is a vicious circle. Without new businesses,
they ran their jobs. How do we break it? The reality is, the
Government have one plan, and that is to reduce the deficit. It is not
working. Businesses are not keen on investing in areas such as mine,
when they are not sure how the Government will be dealing with the
economy. We need a plan for growth. Today, we've learned that two
organisations in East Hull that were set up to help people back
into work have closed or have had to reduce their services because of
funding cuts. They are not listening to people like me, when
we say they need a plan for growth. We have put one forward, and the
Government need to take that on board.
What do you say tonight to the people in your constituency who are
genuinely trying to find work and improve their chances of getting a
new job, but who after months of applications just can't get
anywhere? I don't want to be pessimistic. Siemens are coming to
Hull soon, and that will create about 700 jobs immediately. They
write good things happening, but the Government needs to sit up and
listen. Very good to talk to you. Thank you.
What's your experience of trying to find work? Or have you even
struggled to get the support and help that might give you a better
chance of getting a job? Contact me And on Monday, Tim Iredale will be
hosting a special programme on unemployment and prospects for
growth in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. That's Our Economy,
The Look North Debate on Monday at 11.05pm here on BBC One.
Still ahead tonight: And after some last minute re-
fuelling, the country's oldest horse race is run once more.
And we are live in Louth as Kate Haywood returns to her swimming
That photograph from last night, someone told me it really was taken
from a two-seater Bain. -- Bain. Tonight's picture is of Flamborough
by Mike Barnard. The man flu has taken hold and a serious way. Hello
to you. It was planned that he would be off
today. It was also planned he would give
us a barometer check. Perhaps you could do that tomorrow.
OK. The Sun did eventually come out for us today. Tomorrow, I think the
sunshine will come out a little earlier. If we look at the pressure
chat, you can see there is a weather front that will start to
approach. It will bring some rain eventually. Back to today, you can
see how that low cloud eventually cleared away. The cloud is tending
to fill in a game. Some clear spells, but on the whole it will be
cloudy but try. By the end of the night, temperatures will be about
five or six degrees. Looking at the sun times, the sun will rise at
6:12am, setting at 6:09pm. Tomorrow, there will be a few patches of mist
and fog, but not as extensive as this morning. It will brighten up
towards lunchtime. It is going to be dry all day. Temperatures will
be a little higher than today, round about 12 in Gainsborough, 13.
That is 55 in Fahrenheit. Into Saturday, we will see some
outbreaks of rain, which will become heavy by the end of the
night. Maybe the odd rumble of thunder, but it clears the way
overnight into Sunday. Sunday I rudely did not say it was
delightful to see you. But perhaps you could do the barometer cheque
tomorrow. Businesses in East Yorkshire and
Lincolnshire say they're being helped to survive the economic
downturn by people being much more careful with their money. Caravan
makers are feeling the benefit of more residents holidaying at home,
and as householders grow more of their own food, producers of garden
products in Lincolnshire are also enjoying a boom. Here's Paul Murphy.
For many, holidaying in this country has not been a choice but
an economic necessity. Tourist boards are continuing to market the
so-called staycation. For some businesses, this change is welcome
news. Victory Leisure Homes in Hull make many of the seaside homes
which line our coast. They are currently expanding. People are
staying at home and holidaying in local caravan parks. The
marketplace is changing and a lot of people now vacation at home and
that reflects what is happening. Down at these allotments in Lincoln,
Fred is a familiar face, and he has observed more and more people over
recent years turning to their own as budgets get tighter. They made
65 more allotments. Other councils are making more allotments
available and it is getting to a state now that we don't need them.
The growing waiting list for allotments here is a very clear
example of how the economic downturn has changed their
behaviour. Some businesses have really benefited from that. Still
in Lincoln and down the road at a compost factory, they will tell you
that economic hard times are generally good news for this
business. We were actually helped by recession when people do not
want to risk buying new cars or going on expensive holidays,
putting kitchens in. They are prepared to spend a few pounds on
gardening consumables and so we benefit. The downturn has seen many
consumers shun luxury goods and big-ticket items. That is not all
bad news for businesses when they do. A judge has ruled in favour of
Boston United. Two men have been ordered to pay Boston United more
than �20,000 in damages and costs. Boston claimed the pair breach
their contracts in resigning. Two pupils from a school in Hull
have been given the chance to question Lord Coe about the
forthcoming Olympic Games The opportunity was part of the BBC
News School Report Day in which thousands of young people from
across the country have been reporting on issues that affect
them. Charlotte and John from Sirius Academy have been finding
out how businesses in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire
are benefiting from the Games. I'm Charlotte. I'm John. We will be
looking at how local firms are benefiting from the Olympics.
stories that in East Yorkshire. This activity may seem a world away
from the Olympic Games, but the modular units being built here
provide a temporary space for the teams. They have also built a huge
catering unit for the media which will serve 10,000 meals a day
during the Games. The contract is worth �20 million. The contract has
been beneficial for our business and other businesses in East
Yorkshire, which is very important for the region. It is great to get
that work. This company has been busy growing an Olympic-sized lawn.
We have been preparing ourselves for about three years before, and
this has been a challenge as security is extremely high.
grass that was in the field at North Lincolnshire is now in the
Olympic Stadium. We met up with locals. -- we met up with Lord Coe.
What advice would you give to athletes who dream of competing in
the Olympics? If you speak to any Olympian, they would probably tell
you it is at least a ten-year journey, and sometimes even more.
Our businesses in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire have been busy
building the Olympic venues. It is now up to local athletes to bring
home the medals. This is Charlotte and John reporting on behalf of the
BBC News School Reports. And you can see what other pupils
have been doing for BBC News School Report Day by going to the website.
Last week, this was the scene as Lincolnshire swimmer Kate Haywood
qualified for the Olympics, but tonight she's back where that dream
began. The breast-stroke swimmer from Louth is at her first club to
show the youngsters there what it takes to be an Olympian. Simon
Clark reports. I look up to sports people that are not just in
swimming, so someone like Roger Federer, the tennis player. Kate
Haywood was back at the club where it all started in mouth. Here to
inspire Olympians of the future. Mind-blowing. It is incredible, the
amount of effort that goes into so much speed. It was really good,
getting to see an Olympic swimmer or swimming in our poll. Amazing
opportunity. It was this race last week which tend Kate qualification.
Tension and joy for the family. Because it is a home Olympics, she
wanted to be there. It has come full circle. Kate gave a practical
demonstration of world-class swimming for the youngsters before
she goes for gold in London. Simon is live in Louth tonight.
What advice she been giving today? Very good advice, because she is
now a swimming teacher in her own right. Practical advice about
strokes and diving. Here she is. This is what the double Olympic
swimmer looks like. How have things been since qualification? It has
been a bit manic. Everybody wants to speak to you, the media, friends,
everybody. They want to be involved. It has been fantastic, but pretty
tiring. This has been a week off and I have not really had time to
sit and chill out. But it has been good. It is nice to have some
attention. I want to show everybody this image. This issue, in slow
motion, winning, turning round, looking to their clout and bashing
the water. Were you aware you did that? Yes, and now it will haunt me
forever. It is so unattractive. It was a fantastic moment. When I
touch that war, it was relief. I was so glad to be there.
started here at this club, and you are retiring this year -- and due
aback this year. How many lengths abuse from? I have no idea. It is a
lot! Marvellous to see you. Have a safe journey to Australia.
Everybody was tickled pink when you qualified. It's been announced that
X-Factor finalists JLS will perform at the Lincolnshire Showground
later this year. It's one of the six venues included in the band's
UK summer tour. This morning, 20,000 tickets for the show went on
sale. It's on the 2nd of September. England's oldest horse race has
taken place in East Yorkshire today. The Kiplingcotes Derby has been
held every year since the reign of Henry the VIII, but this time they
had health and safety regulations and foggy weather to contend with.
Leanne Brown was there. Weighing in for a taste of horse
racing history. Four miles of arduous farm track and field await
these riders. They need stamina and, for some, a little Dutch courage.
I'll do it in memory of my late father, who was a bookie. I have
had a drink. I just want to have fun and let her come back in one
piece. You really do need to know where you were going, and be as
safe as you can. It's the oldest horse race in the
country, having taken place each year since 1519. Since then, little
has changed but health and safety regulations are now starting to
creap in. The police want to man all the Cross Code -- all the
crossroads. We've had to get signs and we have at a gay insurance
sorted and sponsors to do all that. -- we have had to get insurance
sorted. As the riders head for the start
line, poor visibility is also a problem this year, but the freezing
fog hasn't dampened spirits. It is the oldest race, that is the
attraction. Old fashioned, back to the grass roots. The race has been
delayed by an hour, and the problem is the road at the top. The weather
means that traffic cannot be stopped, so riders are having to
dismount and then carry on the rest of the base.
But against the odds, John Thirsk was victorious with his horse Bob.
I could not be more pleased with an animal. I could have kissed him. I
have done. Luckily, this East Yorkshire
tradition has been kept alive for another year, as the rules state
that if a race is cancelled, it Well done to John and BOP.
Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines. Leaked
evidence reveal new evidence that Merseyside Police wrongly blamed
drunk Liverpool fans for the Hillsborough disaster. 96 people
died in the tragedy almost 23 years ago.
Farmers in Lincolnshire are asked to be vigilant after the first case
of an incurable virus is found at a farm in the county as lambing
season begins. Tomorrow's weather: A mostly cloudy
start to the day but some bright or sunny spells will develop through
the morning and continue through the afternoon and it will stay dry.
Response coming in and jobs. Danny said, I was out of work for one
week and they got two interviews in that time, and the jobs are there
if you are prepared to look. Joe says, I lost my job and Hull City
Council nearly a year ago, got no support in finding a new job and
applied for anything and everything. Almost 200 jobs. I now work for the