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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight:
Concerns for the welfare of thousands of animals at a cattle
farm in Lincolnshire. They are often in quite deep mud.
There is a lack of shelter. Homes flood for a second time after
a water main bursts in Scunthorpe. Thousands of baby eels are
reintroduced into a Lincolnshire river to try
The lost wartime medal — reunited with the family of the man who
earned it. Gales continue along the coast. The
very latest coming up shortly. A cattle farm in Lincolnshire which
has been criticised over its welfare standards is now being investigated
for polluting the environment. Families living near to Southfield
Farm in Louth say the smell is overpowering and makes them feel
sick. East Lindsey district council says it's looking into the
complaints. The farm houses almost 3,000 cows producing beef for major
supermarkets. The owner insists he takes both animal welfare and the
environment seriously. Linsey Smith has the story.
This is how we're used to seeing cattle raised on our green and
pleasant lands. Grazing and roaming freely. And this is a different
picture. Filmed by the campaign group Compassion In World Farming,
it show almost 3,000 animals standing in grassless pens near
Louth. Satellite pictures show the scale of Soutfield Farm. It's a
serious concern to animal welfare campaigners. This is not a humane
way to keep these animals. They are often in deep mud. There is a lack
of overhead shelter. heard the animals coughing, which
implies there are some physical problems.
Keeping cattle on this scale is normally associated with super
dairies of the United States. After strong opposition, plans were
abandoned for a similar dairy elsewhere in Lincolnshire, partly
because of environmental concerns. It's something that also bothers
people living close to Southfield Farm. The smell isn't a farm smile.
It is an absolute stench. It is overpowering. It makes you feel
quite sick. We have been trying to have barbecues during the summer,
and we had to come inside. There have been quite a number of
complaints. We are equally frustrated. We spoke to Andrew
Lawson, who owns the farm, and asked us to let us see how the animals are
kept. He declined, but said in an e—mail he has a commitment to animal
welfare, that his animals are well looked after, and he It's the
Government's job to ensure our food is safe.
Plans to tackle the smells. But campaigners say this is about more
than that — it's about welfare and the environment. But many customers
want affordable food, so do they care? It matters a lot to me. I
wouldn't buy if I knew they were the circumstances the animals were kept
in. Would that knowledge make you choose the beef?
permit. Meat from this farm is sold in major
supermakets. Waitrose, Morrisons and Tesco tell us they are happy with
the welfare standards for the animals. Waitrose say they will have
been grazed outdoors for 80—90% of their lives. Both Morrisons and
Waitrose have carried out their own inspections. But what about for
those eating it? It had a huge impact on our health. If you keep
the animals in better conditions, the meat is of a higher quality.
Southfield Farm is not breaking the law. In fact, it's accredited by the
Red Tractor scheme, which promises food has been produced responsible
by British farmers. But campaigners say based on these images, what do
these assurances about the food on our plates really mean?
We asked Red Tractor for an interview but they refused. In a
statement they told us that they are happy with Southfield Farm and said
that Earlier I spoke the food critic and
journalist Jay Rayner. I started by asking him if people should accept
that cattle are likely to be kept in conditions we've just seen. You have
to understand, all beef animals are finished indoors. I cannot comment
on what we on what we have been looking at,
because she would have to be there to see the circumstances. It is very
possible to portray those is looking terribly rough and unhygienic, but
there are standard practices. Welfare standards in the UK are
generally much higher than they are in the rest of Europe. So people
watching and C 3000 cows, is it actually the reality of modern—day
farming? I think it is a reality. Those
animals will have spent a lot of time outside as well, then they are
brought in shortly before they are sent to slaughter. As a consumer,
you can make decisions influenced the welfare of the meat you are
eating. You can choose to eat British, because you know the
standards are better than they are likely to be in the rest of Europe.
What about supermarket versus high street butcher? The high street
butcher is probably the way to go. I am a big believer in this. There is
a campaign in Yorkshire, the meat crusade, which is about informing
consumers to talk to the independent butcher, who should know exactly
where the meat has come from and be able to tell you which farm and how
it was weird. The reality is, you do get what you pay for. The trouble
is, most people have to watch that Roger and want the cheapest possible
meet. So it is our fault. I think we have become overly used to overly
cheap food. We spend about 10% of our income on food, when it used to
be 20%. Obviously, times are tough. We need to spend a little bit more
so that it goes back to the farmers. That might mean going to the high
street butchers, who will look after the food supply far better than many
of the supermarkets. Very interesting to talk with you. Thank
you very much. My pleasure. We want to know what you think. Are
you be prepared to pay more for meat if animals are housed in better
conditions? Or does the need for cheap meat mean we don't care how
are animals are reared? In a moment: And talks begin to
decide the future of Scartho Baths. We'll be live at the meeting in
Grimsby later in the programme. A serious case review into the death
of a 14—year—old girl has found that none of the services involved could
have prevented it. Jessica Blake went missing from her home in
Beverley last year and was later found dead. The Safeguarding
Children's Board said that while no—one was to blame, agencies need
to work closer together information in the future.
Hull's three Labour MPs, including Diana Johnson, have been in
Westminster to protest about what they say is unfair Government
funding for the city. The MPs say the cuts are more severe in Hull
compared to other parts of the country. And they're upset the
city's hospitals won't get extra funding. On September the 10th, I
learned that Hull will not get a penny set aside this winter. Can we
have a debate on why Hull is not getting a fair share of funding?
They have focused the resources they have in managing the greatest risks
across the country. Well, lots of you got in touch about
union plans to ballot city council staff over changes to their terms
and conditions. It's a nightmare they hoped would
never happen again. But for the second time in just over six years,
people living in part of Scunthorpe have found their homes flooded
because of a burst water main. The main pipe feeding the town burst
this morning, leaving 14 homes inundated with water. Anglian Water
has apologised, but people affected say they're angry it's happened
again. Tolu Adee O Yay reports. Clearing up the morning after.
People living on Ville Road in Scunthorpe woke in the middle of the
night to find their homes flooded. About four inches high. It was like
a torrent of water. It was going that way down the road. The council
brought the sandbags. It was too late.
About a dozen houses were affected after a major water main burst. It's
the second time it's happened in just over six years. I am gutted,
because I know what we will have to go through. The last time, it took
months to dry out, we had to redecorate, the damp came through
again, so we had to move out again. With water, you cannot see the
damage. It is hidden. It gets in the plasterwork, under the floor. It is
terrible. To go through it again, what can you say? Without crying.
The water main burst just after midnight and what began streaming
all the way down Queensway and hit these houses.
Anglian Water has apologised to those affected. Drying equipment has
been sent to the area and staff have been helping residents. A heartfelt
apology. We are really sorry for this situation. We know how
difficult it is for them. We don't have these catastrophic events very
often. The movement of the ground cracks the pipe.
Work will continue to repair the pipe overnight so that the road can
fully reopen by tomorrow evening, but putting these homes back in
order will take far longer. Still ahead tonight: The baby eels
which could hold the key to the survival of their species in
Lincolnshire. Reunited — the lost wartime medal is
returned to the family of the man who won it.
Holy Trinity in Hull, sent in by Mike Walters. This is the roof of
the church. Basically, it is the ceiling and the organ. Thank you for
that. Do not take the word. — — don't say a word.
You have bamboozled me tonight. We have got a wind warning. It is in
force for the next six up to nine hours. We had a 60 mile an hour gust
outside Cleethorpes. Tomorrow, mostly cloudy and still windy, but
not as windy as it is now. The wind has driven in these showers. It is a
showery, cold evening across East Yorkshire and Norfolk. We will
continue to see those showers. Severe gale force nine win,
gradually subsiding. Lowest temperatures down to eight Celsius.
That is 46 degrees Fahrenheit. Take care. There is a bit of a risk of
coastal flooding in places. Still strong winds in the morning. There
will be a lot of low cloud from the North Sea. A bit of brightness
possible. Increasing amount of cloud. Still windy, but not by gale
force wind. Top temperatures 13 or 14. Quite a chilly feel, especially
when you factor in the fact that there will be a lot of cloud. An
uninspiring weekend. Mostly cloudy skies. There will be some patchy
rain or drizzle at times. Temperatures quite close to average.
That is the forecast. We got an e—mail saying, my father
and I have just been to the Italian lakes and we tuned in to watch the
programme every night. Thank you. See you tomorrow.
Cheers. It's already been shut for a month,
and a decision will be made tonight that could see the end of an
historic Grimsby swimming pool. Scartho Baths closed last month
because asbestos was found in the building. Now councillors have to
decide whether the pool, which is due to be demolished in two years,
will reopen at all. Crispin Rolfe reports. ?? new line Open last
month, now closed because of asbestos, a building material known
to be the single most great cause of work—related deaths. The council is
meeting to decide if the pool can be used again after asbestos testing
yesterday. We hope the test will prove positive, which means we can
look at a plan to reopen the facility. If tests come back
negative, we need to understand the detail of those and the
implications, and look at what those mean. If so, reopening would be a
temporary relief to membership holders, swimmers and staff. Scartho
Baths is still due for demolition in two years time, in favour of this, a
new £7 million Grimsby leisure centre with enabling competitive
swimming pool, and a gym. There is no reason why they can't make this
safe for well under £100,000. It is a considerable amount of money when
they are going to demolish it in two years. Yes, but what can we do in
the meantime? There is nowhere to swim at the moment nearby. Tonight,
the council insists whether the bats reopen will be primarily down to
health and safety, but of course, they will have to consider the cost
of cleaning the pool, which is down to be demolished ultimately. Crispin
is live in Grimsby for us tonight, councillors are making a decision
right now in the Town Hall behind you. Could they make a final
decision this evening? Indeed they could. That decision is
expected any time soon. I have just come from the council chamber. They
have been looking at the results of the asbestos survey. The results of
that seem to be that itself, apart from two areas, has
got a clean bill of health. It seems that if councillors do agree with
that survey, with those findings, the decision could be made to reopen
Scartho Baths this weekend. At the same time, questions have been asked
about how we could have got to the stage where asbestos was found in
the last month, . If we have any news later, we will
let you know. New figures show Lincolnshire County
Council has paid £350,000 to drivers for damage caused by potholes and
other road defects. According to the insurance company behind the
figures, this is the highest amount in the country. The council says it
has to maintain the UK's fourth largest road network and has
repaired 50,000 potholes in the past year.
An extra £1.5 is to be spent on affordable housing in East Lindsey.
The money will be used to build 120 new homes over the next five years.
The district council says there is a need for affordable housing across
the area. Prince Andrew has been visiting
parts of East Yorkshire today, including the Yorkshire Wolds
Cookery School in Driffield. The Duke of York also unveiled a plaque
while he was there to commemorate his visit.
They should be swimming in their thousands through our rivers and
canals, but wildlife experts say there's been a big drop in the
number of eels. The population is a fraction of the levels 30 years ago,
with fears they could be completely wiped out unless something
Lincolnshire, to try to boost the population. Gemma Dawson reports. It
might have been cold, wet and windy for the team releasing them, but
this is the perfect habitat for eels. 20,000 have been released in
Lincolnshire. It is a very big deal. This area has been chosen because of
the unique habitat. It is hoped the eels in this box will survive here
in Lincolnshire. They have already had a long journey to get here.
Maybe eels hatch from Aix before making the 3000 mile trip to Europe.
The number of deals arriving in Britain is decreased by about 90% in
the last 30 years. These deals could help stop the species dying out
completely. Once, thousands of millions arrived in the water of
Europe, but we're now just down to hundreds of millions. This collapse
in the population over the last 30 years has been so dramatic, that the
deal has been listed as critically endangered. The team has made plans
to monitor the population of the eels. ?? new line High winds mean
the construction of the tallest ride at Hull Fair has been delayed. The
70—metre high Starflyer is one of the country's biggest rides. But
strong gusts of wind mean it's not safe to operate the 300 tonne crane
needed to put it up. The ride won't now be up before the fair opens
tomorrow. Hopefully, we can have another crane on Sunday. It is
disappointing. The fair opens tomorrow night. An artist from Hull
has made a sculpture of a character made famous in a song by the Beatles
from bank notes. It took Leonard Brown six months to create this
sculpture of Eleanor Rigby, which is on display at Treasure House Gallery
in Beverley. He made a steel frame then built her up with £1 million
worth of shredded bank notes, which he'd managed to persuade the Bank of
England to give him. Hull FC have completed the signing
of Tom Biggs who's switched codes from rugby union. I had no idea how
big £1 million was. I thought it would be bigger. People
brought in and put in the back of the car for me. Hull FC have
completed the signing of Tom picks. The Bath winger, who was born in
Hull, has signed a three—year contract.
Gainsborough Trinity has lost its appeal against being kicked out of
the FA Cup. Loan signing Jordan Thomas played in the last round, but
the FA says it didn't receive his paperwork in time. Gainsborough say
they sent an email, but accept they should have checked it got through.
The club has apologised to fans. When Katie and Paul Roberts dug up a
First World War medal in their garden near Lincoln, they got in
touch with BBC Look North for help. They wanted to return it to its
owner — the family of a Sheffield seaman who'd fought in the Battle of
Jutland nearly 90 years ago. Well, his grandaughter was watching and
the medal has now been returned. Simon Spark was there for the
reunion. When Katie Roberts and her husband
found a World War I medal in their garden, they started an
investigation. With help from history groups and friends they
traced the service number and family tree — and discovered it belonged to
Able Seaman Ernest Clarkson. So it was important to try and make
contact with the family to give it back, which is where we came in. At
the bottom of the report, there were all the names that came up. I said,
that is your mother's name. They are my and's, my grandparents. I said,
gosh, that is my family. Ann is the granddaughter of Ernest
and remembers him well. He was lovely, and kind. He never did any
shouting. He was a quiet guy. Did you know anything about involvement
in the war? Did you asking? No, no. He never mentioned it. But records
showed that Ernest had fought in the Battle of Jutland in 1916. A
victorious but intense two—day fight. Britain retained control of
the seas but 6,400 officers and men lost their lives.
It makes you proud. Proud that he did all that. It must have been
horrendous for him, really horrendous. It gives me great
pleasure to give you this medal. I hope you treasure it. I certainly
will. The family have no photographs of
earnest, and they may never know how his medal ended up in a Saxilby
flowerbed, but they now have a powerful reconnection with his past
that could so easily have been lost for ever.
Very powerful reunion there. And just a reminder that if you've
got a story that you'd like us to follow up, please get in touch.
Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines: Millions
face higher energy costs as SSE puts up its bills — the typical customer
could pay an extra £100. A farmer near Louth says he's
committed to animal welfare as he faces claims the farm is causing
environmental pollution. Response on the subject of food.
This is from Captain John Greenfield. He said, I have flown
over this farm and commented to passengers about the way the animals
are crammed together. He says, it looks disgusting. Charlie says, I
know the farm, and the pictures shown do not depict it. Marie says,
on and away people 's Mac income, it is impossible to pay more. Another
one says, it is important to know says, if you get your meat from good
butchers, that is the best option. Your local butcher is better
equipped to advise on the best cuts on how to cook it to make your money
go further. Thank you for those. Have a nice