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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight:
Workers make a grim discovery, as the body of a baby is found at a
recycling centre in Lincolnshire. We do have concerns for the mother
of this child. We are trying to establish what's happened, but one
of the main priorities is to locate the mother of this child and get
her the help she probably needs. Save our jobs, save our jobs, save
our jobs... A show of support - hundreds of BAE workers protest in
London against planned job cuts. want to let them know that we scare,
first of all, about this. We care about our site, about our jobs ants
about our families. BAE managers tell Look North they
are listening. We will not spare any efforts in looking for
opportunities for redeployment and training.
Olympic security - Fighter jets from Lincolnshire prepare to play
their part at London 2012. And from walking the thin blue line
to treading the boards - the policeman turning his hand to
stand-up. And I'll have your detailed forecast, coming up
Good evening. The body of a baby has been found
at a waste recycling plant in North Lincolnshire. The discovery was
made in Scunthorpe by staff at the site this morning. Tonight, police
have told us the baby, believed to be a boy, could be up to six months
old. They say their priority now is to find his mum. Emma Massey
reports. The investigation is still in the very early stages.
Humberside Police have said the body of a baby believed to be that
of a boy was found here at Bell Waste Control in Scunthorpe at
around 9.30 this morning. Earlier today Humberside police also
confirmed the body was found at the last stage of the recycling process.
At this stage we believe that it's a child, a baby. We can't give an
age. Unfortunately, any further details that I would give you would
be speculation. So we are not talking about a stillbirth hire?
we believe it's a baby that's reached full term. Although the
plant is open the area where the baby was found has been cordoned
off. We collect and process from local businesses a lot of cardboard
waste and politics. That's what we separate. The police are concerned
where the body's come from. We've been able to help them with their
inquiries and assist them where the bins have been collected from.
Police are concerned for the wellbeing of the baby's parents,
especially the mother, who Knight need help and support. They are
urging the parents to come forward or anyone who might be able to
identify them. And Emma joins us from that
recycling site now. Emma, what else do we know about this investigation
at this stage? Peter, we still don't know how the baby died or how
he came to be seemingly discarded. I spoke to the plant manager and he
said the body was found in commercial waste, not amongst
domestic rubbish. He said the person that found it has been left
traumatised by the ordeal. They said the baby wasn't a foetus but
was around six months of age. The post-mortem takes place tomorrow.
Police are hoping that someone comes forward before then. Emma,
thank you. In a moment:
What's the council ever done for you? We look at how they're
spending your money ahead of tomorrow's local elections.
Managers at BAE have promised that "no effort will be spared" when it
comes to finding work for employees facing redundancy from their site
in Brough. In their first television interview, bosses have
also confirmed they are in talks with other companies about taking
over the factory. It comes on the day that hundreds of employees
travelled to London to demand answers at BAE's annual general
meeting. Our correspondent, Siobhan Robbins, was with them. Save our
jobs, save our jobs... It it was clearest message so far. Hundreds
of workers standing together, fighting to save their jobs.
want to let them know that we care first of all about this. We care
about our site. We care about our jobs and we care about our families.
They are trampling all over me like I'm a nobody. We are fighting for
your jobs and to feed our families. Today they brought their campaign
to the capital, to the doorsteps of the bosses of the company's annual
meeting. This is the Hartley family's third protest. I came to
London when I was nine years old. It shouldn't happen twice. Let
alone once. We are capable of making the work, there is no need
to mover it across the Pennines. These workers aren't just fighting
for their jobs. They are here to show their anger over payouts to
bosses, including a �1.4 million bonus to Ian King. They say how can
that be fair when they are facing redundancy? Local MPs came out to
show their support. For the work eshes, keep going. We've done
better. To BAE, recognise your responsibilities. The taxpayer paid
for you today. I think they are going to change their mind on that
but we can see a range of opportunities to maintain aerospace
manufacturing at Brough. There's a much healthier dialogue about that.
In September they were fighting to work on the Hawk. Today they just
want somewhere to work. As long as we keep working and we
are keeping manufacturing, whoever we are working for it doesn't
matter. I would like to stay with BAE Systems, but if that's not an
option, as long as I've got an employer who is going to keep
paying me and keep me in the same type of work I'm in now, I will be
happy with that. As they head home these workers hope their protest
today has shown bosss the human face of what has so far been an
industrial dispute. Siobhan is in London. You've been
speaking to the company about the job losses. What have they said to
you today? For the first time BAE has spoken on camera about its
intentions for the site. It's confirmed that it is dedicate to
the finding all of the workers jobs. It has confirmed that there'll be
no compulsory redundancies in 2012, something that MPs have suggested
on Monday. When I spoke to Nigel Whitehead I asked hill about the
suggestion that other companies might be brought on site. I asked
whether there was anyone specific in the frame. At early stages and
at this stage, because of the business sensitivity of it, we are
acting under a series of confidentiality agreement, I won't
name businesses today, but active interest. Ideally if we could get
that active interest to gel in an appropriate timescale, a
probability of -- possibility of continuation of work. Identify with
the passion, identified with the energy that they are putting in to
it. Does it sway us? We were already fully committed to that
mitigation process. The truth is that we continue to be committed to
it. I appreciate their passion. So from that perspective it is raw, it
is very real and quite compelling. If you are onest and you look at
your position in September and now, are you more or less confident that
you can save those jobs? We are certainly more confident that
there's real interest in the skills and capabilities on the site. The
trick is to convert that into commitment from other companies,
jobs for the people on the site and redeployment opportunities. We are
further on in that process. What's your message to the workers here
today? The message is that we'll not spare any efforts in looking
for opportunities for mitigation, redeployment and retraining. So the
question on everyone's lips, has today made any difference? In a way
I think yes. Not only have these workers reinforced to shareholders
their dedication to saving those jobs. For the first time BAE has
publicly confirmed that it is talking to parties interested in
investing in this site that. Means there is hope in saving these
workers from redundancy. Do let me know your thoughts on
this. Are you one of those workers or family of one of those workers
who travelled down today? Do you think your message got through?
Maybe you are facing republican si elsewhere? Do you support this --
Two men arrested in connection with the murder of a woman whose body
was found near the Royal Sandringham estate have been
released on bail. 17-year-old Alisa Dmitrijeva from Wisbech was
reported missing in September. Her body was found in woodland near
Anmer on New Year's day. The two men, aged 28 and 31, are also from
the Wisbech area. The Environment Agency is
rebuilding an embankment in Boston after part of a road collapsed into
a waterway. The incident happened because of a burst water main on
Horncastle Road. It's expected to stay closed until tomorrow while
repairs are made. A woman has been rescued after her
car went over the cliff at Flamborough. The vehicle became
stuck on the edge at North Landing last night. The female driver was
airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary after being winched to safety.
The owners of Hull City have broken their silence about recent events
at the club. In an interview with the Hull Daily Mail, Assem and Ehab
Allam say the club will continue to grow without their former Head of
Football Operations, Adam Pearson. And they say money was made
available to the manager, Nick Barmby, in the transfer window. His
future remains unclear. Sarah Corker reports.
Another day - and another twist to the turmoil engulfing Hull City.
The club's owners have hit back at claims they werent willing to
invest. 'We made made money available and we wanted a striker'
- Assem Allam said today in a newspaper interview. For the owners
to say we are willing to spend that much per week on a player and we
were telling the management team to buy a striker when the problem was
that the club wasn't striking goals, the impression was that the money
wasn't there. It is comments made by Nick Barmby
about his transfer Budget which are believed to the led to his
suspension. Today fans learnt that ticket prices will be going up. The
club has a wage bill of �17 million this season. One of the highest in
the Championship. As a result, the Elams say the cost of season
tickets will rise. An adult season ticket in the west stand costs �440
but that price could increase by between 10-15%, taking prices up to
between �484 and �506. Certainly won't be going at that price.
would help the club, yes. It's regular income, you can plan on it
I think a few people won't subscribe again. There's a move of
uncertainty hangs over the K C Stadium Nick Barmby's future is
expected to be clarified by the end of the week. Speculation is rife
among fans as to who would replace him as manager if he does leave the
club. Billie Davies is top of the list. Ex-Wolves boss Mick McCarthy
could also be in the frame. But the owners couldifies a back flash from
fans, who say they are dismayed by It goes without saying that we will
continue to follow that story. Anglian Water says the construction
of a major new pipeline in Lincolnshire is the kind of project
they will have to do a lot more of in the future. �40 million is being
spent by the company to take water from Covenham Reservoir near Louth
to Boston. Our weather forecaster Paul Hudson has been investigating
claims that if we have another dry winter we could see stand pipes in
use next year. And tonight you can see Paul
Hudson's full report in an Inside Out special on the drought. That's
on BBC One at 7:30pm.$$WHITE They control a multi-million-pound
budget and are responsible for What a treat on Wednesday night on
BBC One. Alan Sugar and Paul Hudson. Their key role much! Let us look at
the weather headlines for the next 24 hours. It remains unsettled and
there is more rain on the way across southern parts, particularly
North Norfolk and southern Lincolnshire. Some patchy rain on
Friday but on Sunday it and Saturday, for the May Day weekend,
there will be a fair amount of dry and bright weather before rain
returns on bank holiday Monday. As I say, the weekend's not looking
too bad. Of more on that later. You can see that cloud streaming up
from the south-east. It is bright rain now, rather than sunny but it
has been a lovely day. Overnight we will see that rest heightened with
patchy rain over the Wash and southern Lincolnshire. Otherwise,
dry with temperatures down to five or six degrees. Here are the high
water times. Berry's Own Risk Of outbreaks of rain in at the centre
of our region overnight. -- there is a rest. A mostly dry day for the
north of the region. Another chilly one on the coast in the north-east.
Highs of nine or 10 degrees Celsius by the sea. A pretty miserable day
around the Wash with highs at 10 degrees Celsius. More rain late on
Friday but the weekend is not shaping up too badly. That is the
forecast. For a bit more like Margaret The
Lodge should go. -- than it lot sugar. You are getting criticism
from all over Europe. Spanish TV is not as good at are accurate as your
forecast, according to a dealer. Thank you for watching. Still to
come: work starts on pinning millions of tulips to throw up --
tulips to floats ahead of the Spalding Flower Parade.
And from the cells to the stage. We meet the policemen turning his hand
They control a multi-million-pound budget and are responsible for
spending your money on local services like housing, roads and
bin collections and tomorrow voters in three of our council areas will
decide who runs their local authority. With a summary of where
elections are taking place here is our political editor Tim Iredale.
Tomorrow voters in Hull, Lincoln and north-east Lincolnshire go to
the polls. In these areas one-third of council seats will be up for
grabs. In Lincoln, Labour are defending a slender majority of
just one seat with the Conservatives not far behind. In
Hull, Labour have a much larger majority of 12 seats after they
snatched the city from Liberal- Democrat control last year. But
many eyes will be a north-east Lincolnshire which is currently a
hung council. Labour are the largest party there and need to
gain two seats to take outright control. Traditionally, local
elections in our area have a low turnout. Last year only one in
three people used their vote so will it be any different this year?
It is my right to bite and I feel silly not being able to do that. I
hope fully will be. It is a good question and the
answer is that I will not be voting. I have lost faith in all the
parties, are rarely. Everybody has a boat and you should
use them. I think it is important abodes and
choosy you want to be in charge of things.
So for those who will be voting, polling stations will be open from
7 o'clock in the morning and will close tomorrow night at 10 o'clock.
Thank you for all your views on green energy and windfarms after
our story yesterday. We told you how the cost of electricity
produced by windfarms and the future of turbine production were
discussed in Hull at a renewable energy conference. Here are some of
your comments. Sally in East Yorkshire says, "Wind
turbines ruin the views of our countryside, affect radar and are
noisy. Wave power would be more effective and less ugly."
Steve texted to say, "Wind turbines are hopelessly uneconomic. They
don't even cut carbon emissions given the resources used to build,
maintain and back them up when the wind isn't blowing."
But Ron from Hull disagrees. He says, "There is nothing wrong with
windfarm technology. The problem with energy costs lies squarely
with the energy companies' quest to Typhoon jets from Lincolnshire will
be flying over London this week as part of a security training
operation for the Olympic Games. It's the first time fighter
aircraft have been stationed at RAF Northolt since the Second World War.
Our Defence Correspondent Jonathan Beale has more.
The roar of the engines from for typhoon jets announce their arrival
in London. It marks the start of this major Olympic security
exercise over the next eight days. Hurricane fighter planes are
dressed in line waiting for the signal to take off.
It is the first time fighter planes have been based here since the
Second World War, when her O'Kane's were flown here through the Battle
of Britain. Now, in peacetime, the most advanced fighter jets the RAF
has are training to acts during the Olympics, if necessary, as a last
resort. It there is an unknown aircraft
that threatens the game there will be high level decision-making to
take care of that aircraft. We carry weapons to deal with that
events. 8th there will also be helicopters
carrying snipers and spy planes flying over the major Olympic sites
over the next few days. It is unusual activity but nothing
to worry about. It is preparation for the Games and reassurance there
will be there and watching. We will still be that the Games but out of
sight and out of mind. This is just be exercised a later
this summer they will be ready to act if necessary.
It is about training the military embolden the Olympics and to
tearing any attack as well as reassuring the public that the
Olympics will be safe. Have caused all his military hardware would
only be used as a last resort. -- of course.
Non-League Gainsborough Trinity have a big game this evening. They
are through to the play-off finals, fighting for a place in the
Conference Premier League which would see them playing the likes of
Lincoln and Grimsby. First though they have got to beat Halifax Town
over two legs to make the final. And there will be full commentary
of Trinity's vital match on BBC Lincolnshire tonight in their
The huge task of pinning more than a million tulip heads on to dozens
of floats ahead of this weekend's flower parade in Spalding has
started. The parade has been on the town's calendar for more than 50
years and gets up to 50,000 visitors. Jake Zuckerman has been
to see the floats taking shape. With only three days to go, the
float decorators are hard at work. Each year, Spalding celebrates its
traditional bulb-growing industry with a grand parade and each year
there is a different theme. The theme for this year is food.
Because Spalding is a massive feed grain area it seems a logical thing
to do. There are so many food manufacturers and suppliers in this
area. Every float has to be covered with
flower heads. It'll take more than a million tulips to get the job
done but all that work certainly pays off. When they are finished,
the floats will look something like this. 12 different colours of tulip
are used. Many of the workers are volunteers.
It puts us on the map, it nationally and internationally.
People come from all over the place to see it.
One young helper has more reason than most to be excited. Sophie is
working on the float that she designed herself.
I will be on the float at the front. I will be dressed as a carrot. I
try to make it a bit different. The theme was fruits do so most people
thought of beggars and ships so I thought the opposite anted
vegetables. -- burgers and chips. - - answer thoughts of vegetables.
The parade has a serious side too. 50,000 visitors are expected and it
is estimated they wll contribute more than �1.3 million to the local
economy. He is a serving police officer with
the Humberside force but Alfie Moore has swapped patrolling the
streets of Scunthorpe for a life of stand-up. After being told how
funny he was, he has taken a career break and embarked on a UK tour.
Last night was his biggest performance yet and Leanne Brown
was there. You may not think that there are
many similarities between being a cop and a comedian but you would be
wrong. When you are a car, you turn up and
have to make a connection quickly and under pressure. You have to
make a connection with the audience they quickly and if you do not you
are in trouble. We say it quite quickly, in a
deeper voice. Things like, Humberside. It sounds pretty cool.
Alfie has been a policeman for 18 years so, as you'd expect, it
features heavily in his show. Is it is funny how drinking is
acceptable in this job. Imry last are drinking was frowned upon. I
had to be very discreet. And he has also taken to wearing a
uniform. The art fits eyewear is quite retro
and 1970s. -- the outfit I wear. It is stereotypical old-fashioned
detective look. Once you put the uniform on, a U-turn in so a bit of
a super hero. You change your personality and it makes you braver
and a couple of inches taller. It is a bit like that when you are
performing like this. His first tour seems to be going
down well with the audience in hall. We work for the police so we
relates to a lot of the stuffy as saying. It is very true to life.
To doing the job every day, it is interesting to find out how he
perceives it and make comedy out of bed.
A some really good stories. Really entertaining.
So it seems he does live up to his name as the laughing policeman.
Good luck to him. Let us have a recap of the main headlines.
The coroner says the M I six officer who was found dead in a
sports bag was probably a more fully curls.
A major investigation is underway after a baby's body was found in a
recycling centre in Scunthorpe. Tomorrow the weather will brighten
up during the day but a chance of rain in Lincolnshire and the South.
He sat temperatures of 12 degrees Celsius.
Talking about the situation at BAe and the response coming in. Well
done to the workers and keep fighting. Plenty of people have
lost their jobs during the recession and have received little
or no help from local councillors. Counsellor should help everyone.