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On Good evening and welcome to BBC Look


North. The headlines tonight: The leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage, says


people in Lincolnshire are being discriminated against in favour of


migrants. It is cheap labour. But what about


ordinary, decent working families in this country?


Businesses in Lincoln urged to pay staff at least ?7.45 an hour. That


extra pound and our, we could not afford it.


Cut off by the sea ` walkers call for more warning signs after they


were stranded on Spurn Point. The 400`year old story of


witchcraft, but were the witches framed by an earl? Don't forget the


all`important five day forecast. The leader of the UK Independence


Party has told Look North xx. Nigel Farage is in Lincolnshire tonight


for a recording of the BBC's Question Time Programme. The issue


of immigration is likely to be brought into sharp focus as the show


comes from Boston tonight. One report this week claims immigration


has had a positive effect on the Lincolnshire economy with immigrants


less likely to claim benefits than people born in the country. We will


hear from Nigel Farage in a moment, but first, here's Tim Iredale.


Arriving in Lincolnshire tonight, where UKIP leader Nigel farad is


preparing to lock horns with the panel. The last time Question


Time's cameras rolled into the county, the programme was dominated


by one subject. Boston is at breaking point. The locals cannot


cope any more. Doctors surgeries, hospitals, you go down to the high


street in Austin and it is like you are in a foreign country. Dean ever


organised an anti`immigration protest in the town last year. It


prompted an in`depth report by the local council into the economic


impact of immigration. He says nothing has changed. The fact that


the government have let so many people in, and English kids cannot


get away because the Polish nationals have got the work. This


English teacher says most migrants have made a positive contribution to


the area. They are very hard`working. They have a very good


impact. I think their contribution is really good. One report claimed


that immigrants who arrived after 1999 were 45% less likely to receive


state benefit of tax credits and people born in the UK, and that


migrates from the European economic area had contributed to 34% more in


taxes than they received in benefits ` ` migrants. One report said people


from European countries were less likely to pay benefits and pay more


tax than the British. I think that is a variation on the truth, to be


honest. We need to get more people from Britain into work, into the


jobs these people are doing. As a national TV spotlight shines on


Boston tonight, I think we can expect a lively debate from this


corner of Lincolnshire. Within the last hour, I ask UKIP


leader, Nigel Farage, what the main topic would be tonight. I have


absolutely no doubt it will be immigration. It will be the fact


we're about to open the borders the whole of Romania and Bulgaria, and


it will be this report that shows in the next 25 years, the British


population is going to go up to 70 million people. I think that will


dominate tonight. This report from UCL says they contribute 34% more in


taxes than those born in the UK. That is quite a figure. Well, who is


to say? We had a report showing that non`EU migrants have cost is more


than they have brought in. Also, the EU migrants have paid more tax than


they have claimed in benefits. It may be true but it does not compute


the number of British people on benefits because they have not got


jobs because the migrants have them. We could argue until the cows come


home about the economic benefits of this benefit. What I am certain of


is when I go to something like Boston tonight, and I see in any


500% rise in the number of non`British people there since the


year 2001, their racket to cannot get primary school places, hospitals


with long waiting lists. What about those people who are employers, the


farmers? I spoke to one on the radio today and he said he would be so


good if the migrants were not there. It is a complete myth that before


Poland joined the EU, the cauliflowers rotted in the fields of


Lincolnshire. They did not. I completely understand that for big


employers, for big businesses and rich people, mass immigration has


been great. It is cheap labour. What ordinary, decent working families in


this country who find themselves unable to get work and are


discriminated against in their own country? Your leader here has been


thrown out of the party, taking five cancers with him. Embarrassing for


you? ` ` taking five councillors with him. Look, when you grow as a


party you are bound to have the odd hiccup. In the case of Chris Payne,


who was the leader of that group for a brief time, he was found by the


NEC to have put things on his Facebook that they believe to be


racist. We have got no time for that in UKIP. General election in under


two years. If you stood in Boston, would you be their first MP? I say


race. Letters get over the hurdles of the European elections in six


months, then asking the question, and I will answer it. Will you


stand? Listen, I will stand somewhere in 2015. Are you going to


stand in Boston? I will fight the European elections in six months


with the intention that UKIP causes an earthquake in British electoral


politics. I have no other thinking on my mind at the moment. Very good


to talk to you tonight. Thank you for your time. Do you agree with


Nigel Farage? Be good to hear from you tonight. We will have some


before we finish. You can see Question Time from


Boston tonight on BBC One straight after our late bulletin at 10.35pm.


In a moment: Popping pills for depression ` why there's a large


rise in prescriptions in Hull and East Yorkshire.


Businesses in Lincoln have been told they should increase the minimum


wage by more than ?1 an hour pay and pay what's known as the living wage.


The call comes from the city council, which is one of the city's


biggest employers and pays its staff the higher rate of ?7.45 an hour.


Some employers say it's not realistic. Jake Zuckerman reports.


For the lowest paid workers, the legal minimum wage is often the best


they can expect to earn. With the rising cost of living, many are


finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. It's led to a


national campaign for a higher so`called "living wage" which has


attracted cross`party support. The minimum hourly wage currently stands


at ?6.31, but the City of Lincoln Council has pledged to pay its staff


at least ?7.45 an hour. The council introduced the "living wage" in


September. It's now written to 100 businesses in the city, urging them


to follow suit. We're trying to grow the economy. Lope does help that.


There is an important economic argument for it.


Receptionist Lee Waterfield, from the Birchwood area of the city, says


earning the living wage would make a big difference to her. It is just


like, getting in from work and thinking, I would put my heating on


for an hour. You would not be so tight with your heating. Nobody


wants to have their kids running around the house in winter with


three jumpers on. In this letter the council says a


study in London found 80% of employers paying the living wage


believed that it had enhanced the quality of work of its staff, while


absenteeism fell by around a quarter." But some smaller


businesses in Lincoln say it's not realistic. That extra pound we would


have to give to the staff per hour, we could not afford to do it. We are


a very small business. For medium`sized businesses and larger


businesses, they can afford to do it. We're just coming out of


recession and are in an environment with increasing costs, energy, fuel,


business rates. It could be more than some businesses can cope with.


But the council hopes other employers will follow its example,


and that fewer workers will have to rely on benefits to top up low pay.


This is another one we want to hear from you about. You may be run a


business and think it is too much. Get in touch.


A pilot has walked away with minor injuries after his light aircraft


crash landed near Spalding. Lincolnshire police say the incident


happened just after midday at the Fenland airfield at Holbeach st


Johns. The pilot, who is 46, was the only person on board.


A man's appeared in court charged with the murder of his cell mate at


Lincoln prison. His 73 Alan Goode was found dead in his cell last


week. His cell`mate Kristof Mroz was today remanded back into prison and


will appear again in January. Network Rail has put forward its


plans for a new footbridge over the railway line in Lincoln. A bridge


would end delays for pedestrians at the High Street's level crossing,


which closes up to 12 times an hour. ?? new line The Government is


promising to think about extending electrification of the railway to


Hull. The city is not included in the plans to electrify the


Transpennine route, which will only upgrade the line as far as Selby. In


the Commons, a Hull MP questioned the Transport Secretary. White is


the electrification of the routes Hull going to stop at Selby, and


will he do everything he can to support the Hull trains proposal to


extend it to Hull? She's making yet another case for an education ` `


electrification, and I will look at it again.


There's been a 50% increase in prescriptions for anti`depressants


in Hull and East Yorkshire. Pharmacists are giving out hundreds


of thousands of doses of the drugs. And Look North has found that some


people with depression are being told to take anti`depressants


because counsellors are too busy to help them. Jill Archbold reports.


Depression affects one in every five people ` and when it does, guidance


for doctors are to treat it with psychological therapy. When John's


marriage broke down, he sought therapy for depression from his GP


in East Yorkshire. He asked us to protect his full identity. I was


told there would be three months until an assessment and another


three months for an appointment. I said that I could not wait six


months. They said all they could offer was a course of


antidepressants in the meantime. John says his medication made him


feel worse, but nationally the number of these drugs being


dispensed is at an all`time high. In 2012, the average number of


prescriptions given across East Yorkshire was around 26,000 every


month. In Hull, the figure is similarly high. Over 24,000 every


month. Figures show an increase year on year in the number of


antidepressants prescribed in the city.


The alternative or complementary treatment is talking therapies, like


this session recreated at mental health charity Mind in Hull.


People have to understand that antidepressants are not a cure in


themselves for the depression. It is a support mechanism. It will help


you get through the way you are feeling until such times as you can


access other treatments. The Humber NHS Trust say the average


wait to see counsellors in East Yorkshire is between four and six


weeks. I have a lovely daughter who helped


me through it. She made me promise not to go down the suicide route. I


have a grandson of five and she made me promise not to do anything. I


said it to myself every time I got those thoughts. I have done it


myself, where as I could have done with some help ready. Still ahead on


the programme: One of the stars of Hull City's season won't play for


two months. Hanged for casting spells, but were


the Belvoir witches framed? Keep your photos coming in.


Jon Coupland took this at RAF Stenigot, which was a Second World


War radar station. Another picture tomorrow. Good evening.


I have a message here. Peter, I noticed Paul has been on three days


in a row, time for another holiday me thinks.


It is funny you should do that. Letters look at the headlines. It is


not bad. Just like today, although it is generally unsettled, there


will be plenty of is in China around. Much of the shower activity


is in the West. There is a risk of some showers pushing in to


north`west Norfolk and South Lincolnshire perhaps. You can see a


bit of rain down to the south`east, but we are blessed in some areas. As


we head through the evening, it is basically fine. Just the chance of


some isolated showers. The breeze will ease a little bit. Nothing out


of the ordinary for early November. Temperatures will be a bit high.


We're off to another lovely start. Blue skies and a good deal of


sunshine. Just a risk of some patchy rain pushing into the far south. The


rest of us, generally dry and remaining bright. Top temperatures


similar to today, ran about nine or 10 Celsius. Saturday mostly dry.


That is the forecast. Jeff says, Paul's holiday cannot


come quickly enough, the more we see of Keeley the better. Do not say


anything. The safety of visitors to the Spurn


Point nature reserve in East Yorkshire has been reviewed after a


group of people got cut off by the high tides. Warning signs have now


been put up warning people of the dangers. Caroline Bilton has the


story. It was a day like this. The perfect


conditions to go for a walk along Spurn Point and visit the


lighthouse, but for one group of people, getting back to their cars


proved to more difficult than they expected. A couple of people were up


to their knees in water and decided to turn back.


Martin Reed was one of nine people who got cut off by the tide here.


It's a beach today, but on Sunday, water was lapping over the top. This


is where the water came over. Andy Gibson has worked for the


Yorkshire Wildlife Trust here on Spurn for years and knows only too


well of its dangers. There will be my water crossing here. You have no


idea how strong that is, or how big that NextWave is.


For the stricken group, help came in the form of one of these. A 4X4


shuttle service that's currently being used to get Humber Pilots to


their permament base at Spurn Head. We gave instructions for our driver


to shepherd that group back to safety. The principal aim is to keep


a good eye on marine traffic in the river. One of that of their other


duties is to keep a general look out around the peninsular. It is good


their vigilance helps resolve this situation. Some 70,000 people visit


this nature reserve every year. What awaits them on the other side of


this gate is an ever`changing landscape that needs to be


understood. These temporary signs and now in place. Pamela was will be


here by the weekend, in the hope that those who come here will be


more vigilant ` ` permanent ones will be here. People need to know if


they go out and it is high side, possibly there will not get back. It


is hoped visitors to this beautiful but wild place will take heed of the


warnings. A World War II veteran from


Lincolnshire who flew in dozens of missions as part of RAF Bomber


Command has died at the age of 97. Douglas Hudson, who was from


Heighington, flew Lancaster and Blenheim bombers during the war, and


won the distinguished Flying Cross for his work as a navigator. He was


also involved in the successful campaign to have a bomber command


memorial erected in Lincoln Cathedral. His family said he had


lived with prostate cancer for several years and died peacefully on


Tuesday. It has always been my hope that one day, we will help create


more awareness to the effect of the losses, those who flew in bomber


command. It is beginning to happen now, but it has taken a long time.


Douglas Hudson, who has died at the age of 97. Hull City have been dealt


a huge blow to their Premier League ambitions after a key player has


been ruled out through injury until February. Nigerian Midfielder Sone


Aluko has a torn achilles. The Club's manager Steve Bruce has also


been fined ?10,000 by the FA for his comments about a referee. Amanda


White has more. Sone Aluko has been one of only a


handful who've scored for Hull City this season. This brilliant effort


secured a 3`2 victory over Newcastle. But a lack of goals has


been a worry for City fans, today's news making it more worrying still.


It has unfortunately put a damper on everything. It has been confirmed


yesterday he has got it in his Achilles. It will keep him out until


at least February. We will wait until the specialists have seen him


and find out the best way forward for him. He will certainly be


missing for the next eight of ten matches.


Aluko's injury has also cast doubt on his future at Hull City. Talks


over extending his contract beyond the end of the season have been


suspended until his fitness can be established. And there was more bad


news for manager Steve Bruce today. Surely a bit of common sense the


referees have will say, that is not deliberate. These comments after the


Tigers controversial league defeat against Tottenham Hotspur last month


have earned him a ?10,000 fine. Surely on his mind is how to might


with this man, and cope with the growing list of injuries to ensure


more happy days in the Premier League.


It's a story which has been passed down through generations for


hundreds of years, but now a prominent historian has cast new


light on a famous Lincolnshire legend. The story centres on a


family of women, who were accused of killing two boys using witchcraft.


They were hanged at Lincoln Castle. But now a new book suggests that the


women were framed. Jo Makel has more.


It's a chilling tale of magic and murder. But were the women hanged at


Lincoln really guilty of witchcraft? In the early 17th century, Joan


Flower and her two daughters Margaret and Phillipa had been


servants at Belvoir Castle near Grantham, working for the Earl of


Rutland. When Margaret was accused of stealing and other misdemeanors,


the story is that they took their revenge, casting spells on the Earl


and his family. The story has been handed down from generation to


generation. People were terrified of these women, and people were scared


of which is in general. Once which pointed a finger at you, that was


you cursed for ever and ever. But the story of the Flower women is now


the subject of a new book by historian Tracy Borman. You would


probably be elderly, and terrifyingly, that meant over 40.


She says her research has found the women may have been framed. At the


heart of this, was quite a dark, devilish conspiracy. I think James


the first favourite, the Duke of Buckingham, wanted to marry the


sister of those two boys, and she would be a very rich woman if her


brothers died. I think it is possible that Buckingham had a hand


in their death. He framed the three local women for it and accuse them


of witchcraft, and convince everyone they were to blame. And it was easy,


says Tracy, for women in those times to be branded as witches. They


probably fell victim to the fact they were poor, they were probably


not liked in their community, so it was a way of getting rid of your


enemies, basically. Whether guilty or not, the legend of the flower


women has lasted for 400 years. And our fascination with witches will


ensure the tale lives on. Let's get a recap of the national


and regional headlines: A recording has been released of the moment a


Royal Marine allegedly shot dead a wounded prisoner in Afghanistan.


The leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage, says people in Lincolnshire are


being discriminated against in favour of migrants.


Unsurprisingly, big response after that chat with Nigel Farage.


Somebody says, the majority of immigrants in Boston work`out and


contribute to the economy of the town. It is a town where there are


very few boarded up shops. Jeff says, businesses bemoan people not


having good English language skills and then happily employed


immigrants. Somebody else says, UKIP will get my vote. This is from


somebody who says, I completely disagree with Nigel Farage, being


able dairy and, I do not accept that we are favoured when it comes to a


position. I have never claim benefits, and worked really hard to


get where I am. Darren says, I think the diversity in Lincolnshire is the


best thing that has happened to this county. Thank you for all of those.


Join me for the radio if you can tomorrow. Good night.


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