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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight. With a
growing population, Boston is told to prove its case for more
government funding. The very significan influx of Eastern
Europeans who are here to work has created strain on the provision of
services across the borough. After 80,000 people go to the Freedom
Festival, is it enough for Hull to win City of Culture? It demonstrates
what a great city Hull is, what a great cultural offer it's got.
How increasing litter from beaches on the East Coast is killing our sea
birds. Green with envy. The baker whose new
shop front is turning heads in Louth. There have been thunderstorms
around today, join me later for the forecast.
England, and today Boston in Lincolnshire spelled out to the
government why it should get extra money from the government. People in
the area say services including health and education are under
massive pressure. From sleepy market town to multi—cultural melting pot.
The changes in Boston have been profound. It's claimed more than 60
languages are now spoken here and that brings with it pressures and
costs. One of the problems is getting those patients understood by
the doctors and nurses. We employ a translator, we have done for the
last 18 months, who sits in with the doctors and nurses specifically to
translate for the patient. So we make sure there's a full medical
history. Census figures show that in 2001, nearly 56,000 people lived in
the town, but now that figure is nearly 65,000. Up by more than 15%.
Much of this recent growth has come from Eastern European migrants
working in the fields and factories of Lincolnshire.
Population pressure has been a long running concern in this town. But
now the council is claiming that the official figures actually
underestimate Boston's rapid growth and they're calling for special help
from the government. That of course means more money but the Minister
who could provide it wants more evidence that it's needed. I put a
challenge out to the council itself National Statistics is still
underestimating, and I understand the case they put, particularly with
houses of multiple occupation, I am happy to work with them to see how
we can evidence that in a way that we can look at the funding formula.
The strain is felt across the system. There are, for example, in
one of the excellent primary schools in the centre of Boston, Park
School, 68% of the children in that school don't have English as a first
language and there are 16 or 17 different languages.
This is a town where people have taken to the streets to protest at
the impact of growing numbers of immigrants. But there are also those
who believe population growth is a benefit to the system not a drain on
it. We've got more people coming through the doors to look for
volunteering work. Coming over from eastern Europe, they may not have
exactly the skills that are needed for this country, they're not
translateable, and it helps them to enhance their job prospects. The
meeting with the minister was described as constructive. But it'll
be February next year at the earliest before any decisions are
made about extra money from Whitehall to help this growing town.
I asked Councillor Peter Bedford, the leader of Boston Borough
Council, why Boston should get more money from the government?
Quite simply because of the number of migrant population that we now
have in Boston which the government are not paying us for. But the
government says the figures are 65,000, are you saying that is not
accurate? We think it is ten or 12,000 on top of that. We are
collecting the figures from GP surgeries and the doctors throughout
the Boston Borough area. You believe the senses is out by about 12,000?
Absolutely. That is our estimation. Have you been fobbed off by the
minister, or are you taking this as a challenge? We are taking it very
much as a challenge and have not been fobbed off. The minister was
very good this morning. He listened to the people around the table. We
had health providers, schools, everybody around this table and the
Minister said that he was so pleased to have come and heard it all. Can
you prove it? I am sure that we can. And if you cannot, you just have to
lump it ? If the government have new initiatives, they can try them out
in Boston. Do you think that Boston should be a special case quez—mac
yes, I do. The Minister is from great Yarmouth. They have a similar
problem. Should towns with high levels of
population growth get extra money to fund more health and education?
In a moment. Police say there'll be no further
action against a UKIP councillor accused of online racist comments.
The head of Hull's bid to be UK City of Culture in four years says the
weekend's successful Freedom Festival has improved the city's
chances of winning. It's estimated 80,000 people attended the three day
festival. Caroline Bilton reports. From morning, until night. For three
whole days, thousands of people came to experience Hull's Freedom
Festival. The moment when the Viking ship left the Wilberforce statue,
the New York brass band were playing and all the young people walking in
the procession started singing. Suddenly there was a sense this was
going to be really special. This was the start. 1,000 people
parading through the streets with torches, culminating in a recital of
Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream speech. Thank God almighty! We are
free at last! But could Hull dare to dream and become a City Of Culture?
It was a question many were asking. It does do wonders for a place. It
would be great. Without being biased it really deserves it because it has
changed a lot, I think, in the last five or ten years. Hull has got more
to offer. It deserves it. From indie band The 1975 performing
to a capacity crowd to local artists entertaining the younger generation
in Queens Gardens, this was a platform for talent and a taste of
what could be coming Hull's way should its bid be successful. Things
are on the up. It is down to people trying, really. Looking at Hull in a
positive light, rather than a negative light. I think this event
has been a real calling card for our City Of Culture bid. It demonstrates
what a great city Hull is, what a great cultural offer it's got and
also that we can put together really fantastic events, really
This street was packed with people world—class, high—class events.
This street was packed with people 24 hours ago. The festival is all
but a memory now. It was a platform for local talent, a spectacle for
those watching. Organisers are hoping it has been enough to catch
the eye of the City Of Culture judges.
And the director of Hull's bid for city of culture Andrew Dixon will be
live on our late news at 10.25 here on BBC One.
Police investigating the murder of a newborn baby in South Lincolnshire
say a 16—year—old girl arrested is receiving hospital treatment. The
body of a baby boy was found at a house in Baston near Stamford last
Thursday. A postmortem examination showed the child died from an airway
obstruction. A new school has opened in Hull
today for 600 children who will also attend classes on a Saturday. The
Boulevard School is the first so called free—school in the city. It
won't be controlled by the local authority and has more freedom to
teach outside the traditional curriculum, as well as setting its
own term times. The first thing is it's about
further parental choice. Schools being planned in collaboration with
Hull City Council. There's long been identified a need for a school in
this particular area. Talking to parents, and families, and people in
this community, they are looking forward to having their school in
their community. Lincolnshire Police say they're
taking no further action against a UKIP councillor who was accused of
posting racist comments on Facebook. Chris Pain has always denied the
allegations. Gemma Dawson is following the story. What's been
Councillor Pain's response? Well, Chris Pain's always maintained
his innocence, claiming his Facebook account was hacked. Since May,
Lincolnshire Police have been investigating allegations that he
posted racist comments on the internet. Today, though, they've
announced that they'll be taking no further action against him or the
wider UKIP membership locally. This afternoon, Chris Pain told Look
North he's relieved after Police confirmed the news. They confirmed
last week that I've not got a case to answer and the case was closed.
Obviously, it's been a very saddening crime, especially as I've
got friends of all nationalities who I holiday with on a regular basis.
It's been very upsetting for myself, for my family for these false
accusations. Lincolnshire Police say they take all allegations of hate
crime extremely seriously, but they admit there are many factors that
make such an investigation very complex. In a statement, Detective
Inspector Andy Wardell, urges people to contact the police immediately if
they see any racist comments online and not to post any responses
because he says that can potentially hinder an investigation. I have
contacted the UK Independence Party as well this afternoon, but they've
declined to comment. Thank you.
Still ahead tonight. 150,000 people see the world's best
riders at Burghley. Seeing red. The baker whose new
green shop front is turning heads in Louth.
Take the photographs coming in. If you have one you are proud of, send
it in. Good evening. So many complaints
about the Thursday forecast. It did not rain in Grimsby at all on
Friday. I have not come on here to listen to your viewers whingeing.
I have come on here to give an accurate detailed forecast.
I was in Headingley in the pouring rain all day.
There have been some big thunderstorms this afternoon.
Tomorrow will be windy and cool, especially towards the coast.
Coastal Gail Plews Mike are possible. —— coastal gales.
Thankfully, those storms will push out to sea. There will be scattered
showers following in from the North, but we will ten Toulouse their
intensity. —— tend to lose. Temperatures of eight or nine
Celsius. The sun will rise in the morning. Roundabout six 25. There
will be some brightness in the West, at coastal areas will see patchy
rain coming down from the North. That patchy rain could extend
inland. West of that, it will be mostly dry. But the wind will pick
up. It will feel pretty chilly in the afternoon. Highs of 55 degrees.
Patchy rain later. Thursday is looking not too bad, mostly dry.
That is the accurate forecast. Don't you worry about these, I would
apply to them. —— I will reply. See you tomorrow.
There were tears of joy at the Burghley Horse Trials for one local
rider who had the best time for a new rider at the prestigious event.
Alex Postolowsky thanked her horse Ginger and her mum. As 150,000
people turned up to watch the world's best riders, millions of
pounds changed hands at the event's fashionable shopping stalls. Jill
Archbold reports. At 28, Alex is young for a top event
rider. Her debut could not have gone better. I did not think it would
actually happen. It was amazing. Alex left with a grant to help pay
for training. It is amazing. She has tried so hard with little help, it
is fantastic. Gary finished in one of the top... He is always looking
alert. And therefore owners who championed the sport as well. When I
was a child, I used to watch it on the television. I used to come with
my family and I never thought I would be in a position to have a
horse here. And then there would be —— and then there were those who
were simply interested in the sunshine. It is a lovely,
entertaining day. For equestrian fans Burghley is all about spending
time getting close to the action. Here at the trade stands, it is
about spending of a different kind, proving that shopping is just as
important as show—jumping. Burghley Horse Trials, other than the horse
trials themselves, as a shopping venue, is billed as the best
shopping outside Bond Street. Shopping or show—jumping, this
internationally recognised competition shows no sign of
slowing. Would you challenge someone who left
litter on a beach? According to one marine expert, plastic litter on the
beach is killing hundreds of sea birds, badly affecting important
colonies north of Bridlington. Paul Rose says if people leave litter, we
should challenge them or pick it up ourselves. His research for
tonight's Inside—Out here on BBC One found dead birds with stomachs full
of plastic. Here's a look at the programme.
You might wonder where we would be without plastic in our lives. But we
are not the only species to have developed a special relationship
with the synthetic material. At Britain's biggest mainland gannet
colony at Bempton near Bridlington, generations of birds have learnt to
live with our waste, lining their nests with discarded plastic netting
and ropes. But wildlife and plastics do not mix well. And to find out
more, I am going to get closer to a sea bird than I have ever done
before. It's not a pretty sight, seeing what these birds have eaten,
but it is the best way of gauging how much trapped plastic is being
consumed. Research shows that starvation is a common cause of
death. I spoke to Paul Rose and asked him
how so much plastic ended sea.
It blows in. It is us. We consume a huge amount of plastic. And either
accidentally, or deliberately, we end up with loads of it coming down
the rivers, coming off the land and dumped in the sea itself. Then the
ocean currents bring it around and dump it back on the beach. How do
you feel about people when you see them leave the beach and they just
leave their rubbish behind? We can't have people doing that. Things do
blow a way when you're having a family picnic and the wind comes up.
Of course there will be accidental bits of plastic. But people actually
leave their rubbish on the beach. I have seen it. I think a bit of
direct action. Having in the last few years focused on marine debris,
I am pretty good at going up to people and telling them they cannot
leave it. If there's any debate, I will pack it up myself. Tell us
about the fulmar. You found some rubbish in its stomach when you did
an autopsy. Yes, all the beautiful fulmars that we are finding on the
coast of Britain, in their stomachs is plastic. It is just amazing. Take
a tiny piece of plastic, when we find that in the bird's stomach, the
equivalent size is 100 times. It is like having a plastic dinner plate
in our stomach. Every single bird, we cut them open and found plastic.
Do the birds then learn to live with it or does it cost them their lives?
It costs them their lives. They live with it for a little while, but it
takes up room that would have food in it. The plastic degrades and puts
toxins into the body and kills the bird. Would you challenge someone
who left litter on a beach? Would you pick it up yourself? What should
be done to reduce plastic in the sea? That programme...
A baker from Louth in Lincolnshire who took on the government over what
became known as the pasty tax is in trouble with his local council over
the colour of his shop. Although many shoppers like the freshly
painted bright green front of Pocklington's Bakery, it breaks
strict rules on character and appearance laid down by English
Heritage. Jessica Lane has the story.
Whether you call it lime green, apple green or bottle green, it has
got some seeing red. Just days after this shop front in Louth was
repainted, the owners got a letter from the council telling them the
new shade was not in keeping with the local conservation area. We knew
we could not change the colour to a different colour, but we were not
aware that we could not change the shade of green to a lighter shade of
green. It's disappointing. We tried to enhance the marketplace by giving
it a fresher colour and we appear to have done something wrong. East
Lindsey District Council says that the paint should be changed because
Louth is an historic town and shops should use colours that suit their
age and character. It said sensitive because this building is
Grade II listed. English Heritage says that means it is recognised as
being of architectural and historic interest. Listed building, times
change and I think it is important to move with the times. I don't see
why they should change it really. It's tidy, it's clean. Looks great.
It seems a bit ridiculous really. It looks all right to me. It is
preposterous. They are spending money to get this altered. It
brightens the place up. Pocklington's are no strangers to a
battle. When the government introduced VAT on hot baked goods,
commonly known as the pasty tax, they travelled to London to protest.
But they say they are not going to take on East Lindsey District
Council and English Heritage on this issue and they will, in fact, be
changing the paint to a more palatable shade soon.
In Rugby League, both our teams are preparing for the Super League
playoffs. Hull KR lost their final league game of the season yesterday.
They were beaten 34—22 by the London Broncos. The Robins now go to St
Helens for their play off on Saturday. Hull FC entertain Catalans
on Friday night. In football, Scunthorpe United are
still looking for their first win since the opening day of the season.
They went in front thanks to a Niall Canavan header at Northampton this
weekend. But the home side equalised with just 12 minutes left through
Clive Platt. This goal meant the game finished
1—1. A professional dancer from North East Lincolnshire has been
paired with one of the BBC's best known faces in Strictly Come
Dancing. Kevin Clifton from Waltham with
Grimsby will dance with the presenter Susanna Reid in the
series. The couples were revealed on Saturday and they now have some
practice time before the next show. It was one of the last weekends of
the year for big summer festivals and events. Over the last three
days, we have been out along with tens of thousands of people who have
been enjoying what's on offer in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
59 years ago I was in that. I was 12 years old at the time and I had a
ride in it. What the men went through during
World War One is just unbelievable. Very exciting and vibrant. We like
the dancers. take it all in. It's got a nice,
family feel to it as well. I very busy weekend and are part of
the world. Russia has offered to break the
deadlock over Syria's chemical weapons.
And council leaders in Boston have said that there figures are 20%
bigger as they plead for extra money from the government. Tomorrow's
weather. A dry bright start, clouding over with rain spreading
from the north, especially in coastal areas. Feeling chilly.
Maximum temperature 13 Celsius. On immigration, about time the
government took some notice. Boston is in ruins and needs help. Clear
says, the government doesn't need to get more evidence. When I lived in
Spain, if I wanted a translator, I had to pay for it myself, so why
should we pay for it here for migrants? Good night.