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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight...
Human remains found in Russia could be the crew of a Hull trawler that
sank 40 years ago. The hope is that somebody, somewhere, will be able to
lay their relatives to rest in dignity.
He wanted 1,000 volunteers to come forward ` tonight Lincolnshire's
Police Commissioner welcomes six new unpaid recruits.
The Christmas dinner ruined by last week's flooding ` and the business
stepping in to make sure the celebrations still go ahead.
We meet the man who shares his home with 1,700 gnomes.
And there is some dense fog around across parts of Lincolnshire and
Norfolk. That will clear up. Join me later for the forecast.
Good evening. Families face an agonising wait to
learn if human remains which have been discovered in Russia are those
of crew members of the Hull trawler, Gaul, which sank in heavy seas
almost 40 years ago. 36 men were lost when the ship sank in the
Barents Sea off the Norwegian coast in February 1974. Bodies were washed
up in the Murmansk region of Russia over the following 18 months and
they've now been discovered by scientists. The crew's families will
now provide information and DNA to help identify the bodies. Jo Makel
reports. Could remains found in northern
Russia be those of crew members from this sunken ship, the Gaul? It's
thought they washed up on the Murmansk coastline in the months
after the ship sank and lay there for decades covered with rocks.
There are remains of between five and ten men. The Russian authorities
and Humberside Police are now trying to work out if they are from the
Gaul. It would be reasonable to assume that bodies from a ship that
sank in the area that the Gaul sank in could wash ashore in this area.
That is not to say that these remains are the remains of crew
members. We have a series of tests to be undertaken before we could
make any further comment or establish any more information about
that. Relatives of the Gaul crew in Hull have agreed to have DNA samples
taken so comparisons can be made. The hope is that somebody,
somewhere, will be able to lay their relatives to rest with dignity and
in a manner that befits them. We have a rip in the timeline of our
family which can never be patched up. I am pleased in one sense that
it looks as if this could be a breakthrough. The families I have
already spoken to, there is mixed emotions. There is a real feeling
that all this could have happened earlier. Questions have always
surrounded the fate of the Gaul crew. In 1974 when the ship sank,
officials blamed heavy seas. But this was the height of Cold War.
Some thought it was targeted as a spy ship. The families hoped for
answers when the wreck was found in 1997. Two years later, some remains
were exhumed in Russia but they weren't Gaul crew members. And in
2002, the remains of four crew men were recovered from the wreck,
although no other bodies were found. When a fresh public inquiry in 2004
again dismissed the spying claims and found the ship was overcome,
some still had doubts. 40 years since the `` since the Gaul left the
fish stocks of Hull, its fate is still surrounded by injury. This
latest development will bring a mix of emotions for the families and
also months of waiting for an answer.
A little earlier I spoke to former Hull East MP, Lord Prescott, who
commissioned a survey of the Gaul wreck in 1999. He gave me his
reaction to the news. Well, it is a curious one. Since relatives want to
know what happened in the end, the pilot `` the possibility that this
could be the remains of people from the Gaul, at least we can address
that. Hopefully, they are. Then we can go through the proper
ceremonies. How do you think the relatives will be feeling? Will it
help? I think it is `` I think it will. It is a highly personalised
thing. People want to know what happens to the ship. We now know
that because of the enquiries I brought in. But what happened to the
crew men who died at sea? If these are the ones, it will bring closure.
There will be uncertainty until we know for sure. Can you speed up the
procedure so it is done as quickly as possible? I think the Humberside
Police working with the Foreign Office and the Russian authorities
have done their best. We have not yet completed the full examination
to establish whether they are the ones from the Gaul. I want to thank
the Russian authorities. I approached the Russian Prime
Minister to ask them to open a grave. It did not turn out to be one
of the crew men, but they have continued and hopefully we have
found that they are the remains and we can give a proper burial. Could
you have imagined, when this happened, that we would be talking
about it nearly 40 years later? Yes, it is quite remarkable, isn't it? It
was the Russian Prime Minister who replace Dashiell explained to me
that it was difficult to dig in that part of the country. `` the Russian
Prime Minister who explained to me that it was difficult to dig. There
were a lot of rocks which are quite common in that part of the country.
So after 40 years, I hope the relatives, who are the important
ones, feel that if it least it is the Gaul, we can give them a proper
burial. Lord Prescott, thank you very much.
We will continue to follow that story.
In a moment, we're with an unsung hero as he prepares for his night
out with Britain's sporting superstars.
The first six of what could be 1,000 police volunteers are being welcomed
into the Lincolnshire force this evening. The Police and Crime
Commissioner Alan Hardwick is asking people to work for free as he aims
to manage a shrinking budget while making police more visible across
the county. Opponents say the money would be better spent employing
police officers. Amanda White reports.
PCSOs have become the modern`day bobby on the beat. Criticised by
some as policing on the cheap, they're about to get cheaper. In
Lincolnshire they want 250 people to do it for free. Volunteer PCSOs are
not policing on the cheap. Their presence on the streets of
Lincolnshire, starting in 2014, will enhance the policing of this county
and will help the county be the safest in which to live. Alan
Hardwick is looking to recruit a total of 1,000 volunteers at
Lincolnshire Police. 250 of these will be Volunteer Police and
Community Support Officers. If this is achieved the cost to Lincolnshire
Police will be ?150,000. Today's lunch time panel on BBC Radio
Lincolnshire need to be convinced it'll work. Presumably, there will
be a cost associated with training them. So it is not as if it is
completely cost free. We have very few people who will volunteer for
all sorts of other things, why would they want to volunteer to be a PCSO?
What society wants is more police officers out there on the beat with
the powers to stop people from committing crime. The voluntary
PCSOs will have the same job as paid officers but they will have `` they
will give hours in the week free. There are major reservations about
the plan. It is a dire indictment of the way the government has treated
the police. It has taken money out of the forces, and we have to look
for volunteers I would prefer police officers. But new volunteers are
coming forward and they will be officially welcomed into the force.
The Deputy Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Force, Keith Smy is at
Police Headquarters. Bearing in mind what we just heard, is this policing
on the chief `` policing on the cheap? No, not at all. It is an
opportunity to invest some upfront money in relation to recruiting,
equipment and training volunteers. And thereafter, very quickly, that
return on investment is a superb return. For every ?1 spent, will get
ten or ?15 back. The aim is to get 1000 volunteers by 2015. How will
you find the other 988? We have over 450 volunteers with us already. It's
essential number of special constables, police cadets and adult
volunteers. This is a new initiative to look at a new type of volunteer
to support our police community support officers. If it will cost
?150,000, some people would say that it will be better to get police
officers. The Commissioner has made it clear that even with a tight
budget he will sustain `` sustain the number of police officers and
police staff for a few years. He has made additional money available to
test this investment. But you would not have chosen this, yet `` it has
been forced upon you? No, I disagree. I am an advocate of the
engagement of the community in volunteering in public services. I
have been a supporter of the special Constabulary for my entire 29 years
of service. We have always had volunteers assisting us over a wide
range of services. Neighbourhood watch, speed watch... Is it not
undermining the existing PCSOs by saying they could get people to work
for nothing? Then they will be at risk anyway? No, I'm firmly opposed
to that suggestion. Our strategic partners have pledged not to
undermine employed staff. This is additional expansion, development of
a range of services for our community. Thank you very much. My
pleasure. What do you think? Do you think Lincolnshire Police are right
to ask for volunteers as a way of dealing with the budget squeeze?
Would you be unhappy with underpaid PCSOs working for Lincolnshire
Police? If you want to comment on this, contact us.
Up to 100 jobs could come to Grimsby as the renewables capital of the UK.
Dong Energy has today signed an agreement with ABP to locate its
offshore wind operations in Grimsby. It's hoped the move will create jobs
and pave the way for a new harbour and pontoon facilities within the
town's Royal Dock. The schools inspector, Ofsted, says
that some children in the Yorkshire and the Humber Region are lagging
behind by the rest of the country. Only 74% of children are at primary
schools considered "good" or "better". In the East Riding of
Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire more than half of
pupils are in schools which are classed as "not yet good". We are
getting left behind. If we want to compete as a country, complete
economic league and socially, we have to make sure everybody gets a
decent education and we have high standards for all. It is not
happening everywhere at the moment. The system in general is improving.
Controversial car parking charges introduced in East Lindsey just
seven months ago are being reviewed. It comes after residents and
businesses in the area criticised the changes. The District Council
says it will consider two`hour free parking and permit schemes as part
of the review. Hundreds of thousands of pounds is
being spent in East Yorkshire to combat what is seen as one of the
most serious health conditions facing the planet. World leaders
have been meeting in London to consider how to deal with the growth
in dementia cases. In this area many people remain undiagnosed and one
Professor has expressed concern that there isn't enough support for
people with the condition. Our Health Correspondent Vicky Johnson
has more. Dementia is a big problem in Hull.
But poor diagnosis rates mean more than half those with the condition
do not even realise. In UK's every four microseconds. Today, world
leaders have been discussing how to fund research for a cure, and how to
prevent it. Crucially, helping those who have dementia to live well and
with dignity. This woman and her husband were among the lucky ones.
He was diagnosed early. They both get lots of support. We go dancing,
we go on trips to Whitby and two places. `` and two places. It is
having something to look forward to and knowing the support is there at
the same time that helps. Hundreds of thousands of pounds has been
committed to improve diagnosis rates and raise awareness. We will also do
something around the end of the year about being a dementia friendly
city. It is important that if you are in a bank or in a supermarket
you can spot the signs of dementia and help somebody do their business.
But the system is already under pressure. Some fear that if
diagnosis rates increase, it could be at the expense of support with
those already with the condition. There are a lot of risks of making
diagnosis, perhaps making those who are eligible and anti`Tim entered
drug. Not all people with dementia are eligible. `` and anti`dementia
drug. Then send them back to their GP when they need more than that.
The priority here is encouraging those with the disease to lead a
happy and fulfilling life as much as possible.
It is 6:45pm. Still ahead, the hotel stepping in to save Christmas dinner
for some of our's flood victims. And I am an Alford to find out who
shares his home with all of these gnomes.
Short objects still to come on the programme tonight. But before then,
this is Digby Fenn. Thank you very much for that picture.
My grandma has an old cookbook from the 1970s, says this viewer. At
Christmas it is not unusual to find Peter slightly tipsy in the studio,
not sure if it is the record going round, or himself.
That was from 90s `` from donkeys years ago.
In the next 24 hours, changing. Patchy rain. A big change in the
weather conditions. Goodbye to the high pressure and hello to the West.
Westerly 's will dominate the second half of December. At times, we will
have heavy rain and strong winds. But it will not be all doom and
gloom. There will be some brightness. A big change to more
typical December weather. Frog is the main is you at the moment.
Across Norfolk, southern part of Lincolnshire. That frog is pretty
dense. Do take care on the roads. Very slowly, the cloud will push in
from the south`west. The breeze will pick up, too. That should pick up
the fog. The sun will rise in the morning at these times. And these
are the high water times. A dry start, perhaps a bright start and
praises. `` in places. There will be some patchy rain heading in from
that direction. Amounts will be small. Most places stay dry.
Afternoon temperatures will feel quite chilly even though values are
above where we have been today. There will be a blustery south`west
wind. Friday not looking too clever. Cloudy with further outbreaks of
rain. Saturday will be the best day of the weekend. That is the
forecast. You can drive me to drink, working with you every night!
I thought you were about to show and a bad thing picture. I got of quite
likely `` quite live `` I got of quite like to leave.
The winner of the unsung is `` the Unsung Hero award is Neil Kelsey. He
will take his place at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year
ceremony which is being held in Leeds on Sunday night.
Today's school assembly at Bricknell Primary and guest of honour is
Unsung Hero award winner Neil Kelsey. He coaches at the school and
the children have much to say about him and his prospect of winning the
Unsung Hero award at Sports Personality of the Year. I think he
will do well, he has a good chance. Really good. Excellent. I think he
has a really good chance of winning because he is a really good coach. I
think he will definitely do well. It will be exciting for everyone to
watch and exciting for him as well. Neal Kelsey won the award for years
of dedicated service to basketball in Hull and the East Riding of
Yorkshire. He is bouncing with delight at the prospect of beating
stars like Jessica Ennis`Hill and Sir Bradley Wiggins at the sports
personality awards in Leeds. I'm looking forward to it. My son is
coming with me. personality awards in Leeds. I'm
looking forward to it. My son is We are sports fanatics and we will have
a wonderful day. Today, Bricknell Primary gave Neal a wonderful
sendoff before his big day. He is engaging children who may not be
naturally sporty and may not be what Ashton may not want to be involved.
He is also incredibly good at taking the gifted and talented children and
turning them into enthusiastic sportspeople. Whether he wins on
Sunday or not, with these pupils, Neil Kelsey is already a winner.
Good luck to him for Sunday night. You can see the BBC Sports
Personality of the Year on Sunday from 7:40pm. It is from late this
year. Hull City has confirmed that it has
sent a letter to the FA asking for a name change. Assem Allam, the owner,
has confirmed he wants the club to be known as Hull Tigers from next
year despite fan protest. The rivers or we will be considered in April. A
baby `` the proposal will be considered.
A baby penguin has been born in Texas.
The baby, Gentoo, will join other penguins in the polls next year. It
is a nervous wait. In the first few days, any baby animal is delicate.
But the news that we have hatched a baby check is exciting but we have
to wait until things develop. Last week's floods caused problems
for people in this region but many have been heartened by the kindness
they received from strangers. Dozens of pensioners will serve Christmas
dinner by a local hotel after the Age UK centre had to close because
of flood damage. In the surroundings of Hull's Royal
hotel, the food has been donated. Nowadays, it is easy to focus on
profit but there are other things which are extremely important. We
work with various other people throughout the year in terms of the
local community. Today's diners are especially grateful. I did think,
someone has put in a lot of effort. They were saying do it after
Christmas, but it's not the same. People are tucking into turkey here.
People who thought their Christmas dinner had been cancelled. Several
feet of water flooded Hull City centre on Thursday night. The Age UK
centre was one of the victims. We had six parties books `` are booked
and people `` hundreds of people who would have been attending. We have
been able to get people down to the hotel. It is wonderful, the
community spirit that has enabled people to pull together and give old
people a meal before Christmas. There are other examples of how the
weather has brought out the best in people. In Boston, food parcels have
been put together and presents donated for those suffering. There
is a presentation at the Christmas dinner for the best`known
fundraiser. But the ladies are also grateful for the meal. When they
said we could have it in the town, it was lovely, everybody cheered up.
Once I take this costume off, I will enjoy my dinner. And thanks to the
kindness shown here, she's not the only one.
Well done to the hotel. Lots of people enjoy hobbies when they get
home from work. Some people enjoy football and lots of people are
collectors. But very few are like Ron Broomfield.
Meet Ron Broomfield. No one is a bigger fan of these little men with
pointy hats than him. Gnomes are fantastic. Always happy`go`lucky.
You go around, never know what you will find. Different characters. Ron
takes pride in his collection and he says many people come to see his
gnomes. He has got big ones, small ones and even royal ones. I feel a
tad underdressed to be in the company of no royalty. Ron has 1700
gnomes and he has been collecting them for 50 years. Ron even keeps a
record of all his gnomes. But there are still a couple he wants. There
were two doing the leapfrog. And there were some tug`of`war gnomes
which I was hoping to get. I always keep looking out to see if I can
find something a little different to what I have got. I think it is it
obvious what Ron will be looking for for Christmas. He assures me there
is room for a few additions. And well done to Ron and Gemma. And
good evening to Ron's neighbour. Let's recap the main headlines.
?21 million fine for putting staff under too much pressure at Lloyd's.
Families which you learn if human relic `` human remains discovered in
Russia are members of the goal which sank 40 years ago.
Becoming dry and bright. Temperatures around nine Celsius. A
change coming to rain. The volunteers that we were talking
about earlier from Lincolnshire Police.
Terry says, of course this is policing on the cheap. They are not
even trained properly. Sarah says I was a police constable
on Humberside. They are a massive past of the police family. `` a
massive part. But we need more officers as well. Laura on twitter
says that the volunteer PCSO has the same pressures as paid staff, it is
criminal. This is not `` this is anonymous,
from a PCSO. I do not agree with volunteers, we
get slated enough and not being a proper copper.
And finally, the authorities can say what they like, but this is policing
on the cheap. What next, cardboard Bobbies? Join me on the radio if you
can. Good night.