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rain from the east. That's all from the BBC News At Six.


On BBC One, we now the west. That is all from the BBC


News at six, so it is goodbye from Good evening and welcome to BBC Look


North. The headlines tonight: Crime is down in Lincolnshire but small


businesses count the cost of shop lifting The campaign to make sure no


ex`serviceman is forced to have a pauper's funeral Protestors who


ambushed a train at Drax Power Station have had their convictions


overturned. We have to work thoord cause make a profit.


We have to work hard to make a profit. . We've had Prime Ministers


say how proud they are of their soldiers. They gave their yesterdays


for our tomorrows. We owe it to them.


Protesters who ambushed a train at Drax Power Station have had their


convictions overturned. And Sold for their looks, now rescue


charities say they're overwhelmed by abandoned wolf`like dogs.


Rain on the way tonight. That detailed five`day forecast follow


very shortly. Good evening. Crime is down across


Lincolnshire according to the county's Police and Crime


Commisioner. But MPs have suggested that police crime figures should be


taken with a pinch of salt amid claims that some forces are


manipulating the numbers to try and hit targets. Alan Hardwick says his


force doesn't have targets and the figures are accurate. Today he's


announced plans to deal with shoplifting which is one of the few


crimes on the rise. Simon Spark reports. Stacking shelves but


keeping a careful watch. Theft and shoplifting has increased by 5% in


the last year, with an extra 443 crimes, according to Lincolnshire


police's latest performance report. But that's in surprise to this shop


in Lincoln. Unfortunately we have more shoplifting. Anything, food,


alcohol, anything is with people with hardly any income. They are


desperate for things and they target shops like this but shops like this


have quite low margins and we have to work as hard as we can to make a


profit and it really does call financial problems.


But Lincolnshire police are pleased with their results. They show


overall crime down by 3%, antisocial behaviour down by 14, and a decline


in vile bins more than 9%. I'm `` in violence.


I'm delighted with this report. It just shows that the leanest funded


force in the country can continue to produce results that are, well,


let's say, punch well above its weight. The report comes out, of


course, just when police figures are being questioned generally for their


be a radioscy. The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has written to every


police chief in the country to ensure they keep accurate figures.


But what damage does this do to public confidence, in figures like


this? It makes you wonder sometimes. Obviously it needs to be reported


more accurately, doesn't it? We encourage our children to talk to


policemen because they give you an honest answer. Now you think ` do


they or don't they? A bit sceptical. The whole thing has been grossly


mishandled. I'm not surprised the public have the wrong idea. All I


can do is speak for Lincolnshire and say I'm as confident as it is


possible to be that the way that we record and report crime figures is


honest and is probust. No questions have been raised about


the reliability of Lincolnshire's fillings, but they are still having


to restore public confidence and justify their claims. `


Lincolnshire's figures. I spoke to the MP, Bernard Jenkin, Chairman of


an influential #35r789ry committee that has been looking into the


accuracy of crime figures. `` parliamentary committee. I asked


them if people in Lincolnshire can trust the figures published today?


To a degree, yes. But overall the statistics have been downgraded.


They are no longer national statistics. Lincolnshire is a good


example. The Police and Crime Commissioner doesn't set targets.


The overwhelming conclusion we have received in evidence, is that it is


the targets that distort the figures because the police, with the best


will in the world, they are trying to meet the targets, not record the


crimes. If you don't have any targets, Lincolnshire can't fail


because they are not saying what they are going to do. The targets


should not be the criteria for success or failure. The question is


how safe the population feels and whether the overall crime survey


figures, a different measure of crime, is going down. Do some police


forces massage figures, or have they done so? Massage is probably too


strong a word. The problem we have, is after decades of target`driven


behaviour in police force, there is a habit amongst, you know, the desk


sergeant punching the numbers into his computer ` oh, I think I'll make


this a criminal damage, not an attempted robbery or I think we'll


put this mobile phone down as "lost" rather than "stolen", to make the


figures look better. It was part of the team effort to present a good


face. Obviously that's in the what what we want. Changing that


behaviour in some police force also take a long time. Is the way that


crime is recorded at the moment, is it clear enough and good enough and


can we always trust what the police say?


Well, what we need is more auditing of crime, recorded crime figures, so


that there is a more checking up, more policing of the system but


also, to encourage police ` and this is a real challenge for leadership `


to put the values of their policing service above whatever targets there


might be. To put the integrity and honesty and the behaviour of police


officers above the achievement of any targets for this crime or that


kind of crime. Very good to talk to you, Mr Jenkin.


Thank you very much. Your thoughts on this: Do you trust


the crime figures when they are published. Are targets important or


do they encourage manipulation of crime records? Do you trust what you


have heard of figures. If you want to be in touch, you can e`mail, or


text us. Now, in a moment on tonight's


programme: The inquest into the death of a Red Arrows pilot hears


evidence from evector seat experts. Force Protestors who ambushed a coal


train on its way to Drax Power Station near Goole have had their


convictions quashed by the Court of Appeal. The 29 activists were


cleared because an undercover policeman's involvement in the


protest was kept secret. They're now calling for a public inquiry into


undercover police work. Jake Zuckerman has more.


Result is that the convictions are all quashed. The moment a judge at


the Court of Appeal overturned the convictions of 29 environmental


protesters. Outside they gave their reaction. We just feel really


pleased to have been able to continue to shine a light on the


underhand tactics of undercover police officers in solidarity with


other individuals and groups that have actually suffered far, far


greater miscarriages of justice. In 2008, protesters ambushed a train


carrying coal to Drax Power Station near Goole. 29 were later convicted


of obstructing railway engines and were given either a conditional


discharge or community service but what they didn't know at the time


was that their convictions depended on the secret evidence of Mark


Kennedy an undercover police officer who infiltrated their group. Today


the Appeal Court threw out their convictions because the protesters


should have been told about his involvement.


Paul was one of those cleared but he remains concerned about the use of


undercover policing. Undercover policing is being used to support


operations and support the police and support the status quo rather


nan protecting citizens from violence and such like. We are


calling for a public inquiry where we get all this out in the open.


Mark Kennedy drove the activists to the protests before tipping off


transport police. If protesters had known he was a policeman, they could


have argued he'd led them to it and it was because they never had that


opportunity that the Appeal Court quashed their convictions.


It was West Yorkshire Police who authorised the use of the undercover


police officer and in a at the same time tonight it said, "We will look


at today's judgment in detail before deciding if any action is needed."


An undertaker from Scunthorpe has appealed to the Prime Minister to


ensure that war veterans without close family aren't given "paupers"


funerals. It comes after Sue McLane was asked to cremate a 90`year`old


ex`serviceman, while all his possessions, including his medals,


would have been thrown in a skip. She says she wants the Government to


pay for those who served the country to get a proper send`off.


For ten years, Michael Clarke was a Royal Marine. He died in a care home


with no immediate family. His friend barksy Armstrong, was told Michael


would be given a basic council`funded funeral and that all


his possessions would be thrown away. I said ` what happens then?


They said, question get a skip and teleeverything and we deal with the


funeral. It just didn't seem right. You can't treat a man like that. You


wouldn't treat an animal like that. It shouldn't happen ever again. And


funeral director Sue Maclean awith the report of bare and the Royal


British Legion, she organised Michael Clarke's funeral in


Scunthorpe. They arranged for more than 160 soldiers to come to pay


their last respect We had the Piper Piping Men and a bugler play the


Last Post for me that's the way every serviceman and woman should


have their final journey. We have had Prime Ministers say how proud


they are of their soldiers. They gave their yesterdays for our


tomorrows. We owe it to them. It is not the first time ex`servicemen


have been honoured by people they never knew. Last year hundreds of


people attended the funeral of world World War Two veteran Harold


Percival. Now an MP is backing the campaign to ensure former soldiers


without families are honoured. It is important that we have people like


Sue Maclean, willing to champion these issues, so that we can ` you


know I have written to the Prime Minister, I have written to the


Royal British Legion to see what sort of response we can get from


them to address this issue. Sue Maclean has now started a


petition, calling on the Prime Minister to take her idea on board.


We asked the Government about Sue's campaign. It says it remains the


legal duty of local councils to provide a burial when that person


can't provide for themselves. But there should be consideration,


especially when that person has served their country.


Sue's now displaying Michael Clarke's medals, that she saved from


the skip. But she wants change so no soldier without a family is


forgotten. It raises an interesting debate.


Anne`Marie Tasker joins me now. Is there any chance of the government


agreeing to fund the funerals of ex servicemen? As he explained in the


report, it is the council's responsibility to pay for fun radios


like this. But should they consider it in the future it would raise


issues like, for example, for 15 years nearly every man in this


country did national service, that poses the question ` would all of


those countes a ex`servicemen. When I spoke to the Royal British Legion


today they said at the moment, at least, it is very rare that there is


an ex`serviceman who dies who has no immediate family. We will throw this


open as well. Do you think ex`service personnel should have


military funeral paid for by the state or is it asking too much from


the tax payer? If you want to comment on this, you can e`mail in:


Police say they're now treating the death of a man in Lincolnshire as


murder. The body of twenty four`year`old Evans Zanovich was


found at his home on Etherington Street in Gainsborough last Friday.


Police say a fire at his house was deliberately started.


Managers at the world's leading manufacturer of ejector seats have


been giving evidence at the inquest into the death of a Red Arrows


pilot. Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham died when the seat in his


Hawk jet fired as he prepared to take off and the parachute failed to


deploy. Many of the questions in the inquest


are about a nut and bolt like this one. They attached to a shackle like


this, which holds the parachute in place until it's needed but when


Flight Lieu ten act Sean Cunningham's seat activated when he


was on the ground, his parachute did not release. The seat manufacturer


carried out tests after he died. Nicholas Moss, the QC for the


Ministry of Defence asked why the equipment used in those tests were


new, even though those used on Sean Cunningham's seats were not new.


Steven Ru if, f said they used the equipment they had in store. He said


they were carried out in good faith. It was fact`finding, not to point


blame. Yesterday the inquest heard that Martin Baker hadn't told the


MoD about a potential problem with the nut and bolt dating back to the


1990s. Sean Cunningham's parents have been a regular presence in the


core beer's court. Before he left the room one of the witnesses from


Martin Baker passed on the company's condolences. The inquest is set to


continue on Thursday. Jessica is in Lincoln at the moment. What has been


said today about the training given to those using the ejector seats?


Well, much has been made today about the amount of detail given to


engineers about exactly how to maintain those ejection seats


without causing damage it the nut and bolt you saw earlier. It's


emerged during the inquest that the same information was not given to


ever are I air or even used by Martin Baker and the RAF themselves.


However one Martin Baker employee said they had been using this


particular neck nichl for years before Sean Cunningham died and he


described it as an unexpected and single rogue event. We will follow


that and continue to do so. Thank you for watching. It is


6.43pm. Still ahead: A call for tighter regulation as


wolf`like dogs become the latous status`breed to be bane donned. ``


the latest. And why this herd of deer are


bringing visitors to North Lincolnshire.


Keep your photographs coming N tonight is of Cleethorpes beach.


Taken by Daniel pat Is son. Thank you very much.


Dp We got on to the subject of bent bargains last night. I can't


I "I found two of Paul's books for but


like everyone else, I wasn'ted tempted by the offer." A


best`selling author for 50p, come on.


I'm devastated. In your dreams.


Now look at the headlines for the next 24 hours. Unsettled. Quite a


bit of rain around in the morning T does improve slowly through tomorrow


afternoon. Hopefully it does brighten up. This weather front


making slow progress, it eventually clears, with showers spreading in


from the west through Thursday. More rain by the end of Friday. So as I


say looking unsettled. Many of us have been stuck in fog, particularly


across Lincolnshire. The current temperature at Waddington lifted up


to 2 degrees as the fog now is lifting but it has been a cold, day


grey. It is chilly this evening, a touch of ground frost but the wind


will continue to increase, as the rain eventually pushes in from the


west. After midnight for most of us, but it looks as they it'll be a


fairly wet second half to tonight. Lowest temperatures around now, one


or two Celsius. The sun will rise just after 8.00am


tomorrow: A miserable, cold, cloudy, wet, dank morning across all parts


with outbreaks of rain. Persistent rain at that. It'll slowly edge out.


Not clearing the coast until early afternoon. Hopefully brideness


spreading in from the west. Tomorrow morning looks dreadful with a


moderate south or south`east wind. Temperatures eventually up to six,


probably seven. But certainly for much of the morning it'll feel


pretty cold. Looking further ahead. A showery day on Thursday, sunny


intervals, scattered showers. Friday, a bright morning, it clouds


over with rain towards the end fted day. The weekend increasingly windy,


with a risk of more rain. Peter, that's the forecast. #7


Best`selling author. I can't believe you said that. I remember you rang


me up last year saying you got five barbecues for ?1.


I think 50 pction is pushing that book.


Aer North Lincolnshire dogs home say they have seen a large number of


wolf`like dogs, particularly huskies, made fashionable by films


like Twilight, bane donned. It is claimed that breeders are cashing in


on this late etc status symbol dog and selling the puppies.


This is Loki. His owner couldn't look after him any more so. Home for


now is this dog rescue centre in Brigg. Huskies and crosses with


malamute. Lots of people are ringing up asking us to take them. We don't


have the space. We see them coming n when they hit at lessens and stop


being so pretty and need to run. That's what they are breed to do,


pulling sleds over long distances as seen here at the annual UK sled dog


races in Scotland but the dogs trust has seen a 61% rise in these breeds


being abandoned I think it is a slit fashion thing and #23i678s like


Twilight have made them popular. There is no getting a I way from the


fact that they are good`looking dogs and they are nice, people need to do


a lot of research before taking that responsibility on.


It is scenes like this, Jacob Black's half`man half`wolf character


in Twilight, blamed in part for the trend. A decade ago you had to go on


a it with aing list to get a husky or malamute in the UK now, throw,


animal welfare chaurts warn you can go online, and get it delivered to


your door that day. Further north, Kay has four huge and energetic


malamutes. She is a Kennel Club`assured breeder and wants


tighter breeders. We have people ring up and say ` would a malamute


sit in the front seat of my sports car. No is the quick answer to that.


There seems to be a continual churning out of puppies, three,


four, litters a year without thought for their futures. Back at the dogs'


home, Loki has been looking for two months now for the right owner with


the time and energy to look after him.


The MP for Grimsby has written to Channel 4 asking them to ` not to


film a new series of Skint in the town. The broadcaster has confirmed


it is carrying out research in Grimsby but Austin Mitchell says he


is worried the show will only demonise the poor. Last year it


caused caused controversy over its portrayal of Westcliffe estate in


Grimsby. From the 3rd February, driving tests


will be taken place at the Craven Park Training and Enterprise Centre.


There is criticism of plans for a new Kew on the Humber that would


stop the building of a new energy park. Ai'l UK has been granted


permission to develop the line but the association of British ports has


aplayed to build a quay on the site and the council say that would


scupper the creation of thousands of jobs. Thanks to everyone who got in


touch about the worries about fracking and the industry from a


leading engineer we talked to last night. Hundreds of gas exploration


licences are already in place already in Yorkshire and


Lincolnshire, Mike Hill worked on the fracking rig which caused a


minor earthquake in Blackpool. He says that although underground


monitoring would take place there, there are other dangers, including


to the water supply. We were talking to Mike last night on the programme.


After that, again, second time we talked about fracking in a couple of


weeks, a big response, just a few. Simon says: It's all well and good


giving councils extra money: Thank you very much indeed for all


of those. Hull Kingston Rovers say they are


hoping for a big crowd for their gym against Hull FC this weekend. The


club's new stand will be open for Sunday's derby which will act as


preparation for the Super League season which starts next month.


Any game is Rugby League is anything but a friendly, I suppose. Being


Hull FC, adds a little bit of spice, I suppose but we are going to use


all 28 players from our young ones to our eldest, they will all be


given a chance to show what they've got. The East Yorkshire`based tennis


player, Kyle Edmund has been named in the Great Britain Davis Cup squad


which will face the United States later this month. The teenager from


Tickton near Beverly has been brought into the squad ahead of the


British number two, Dan Evans, in spite of being ranked more than 200


places below him. Selectors say he has more experience of playing on


the clay. Well done to Kyle.


After their game at Braintree on Saturday, was postponed because of a


water`logged pitch. Lincoln City play at Macclesfield tonight. BBC


Radio Lincolnshire has commentary of the game. The build`up starts from


7.00pm. By the way, BBC Sport relief is only


two months away. We are all being encouraged to take part. This year's


event will feature, cycling, running and swimming as a way of raising


money for good causes in this country and overseas. If you want it


get involved in Sport Relief this year, you can find out what is


happening by going to the website and looking there. The address is on


the screen: Now nature lovers in North Lincolnshire have been


attracted to the grounds of a stately home in the area by a rare


sight. Normanby Hall's herd of deer are already popular, of course, but


it's two unusual members of the group that have been bringing in the


extra visitors. Among friends near Scunthorpe, but


noticeably different to his fellow fallow deer. This is a rare glimpse


of the two white deer that now call Normanby Hall country park their


home. They are just one end of the range


of fallow deer. You get the fallow deer, traditional and brown with the


white spots, right through to the pale ones which look almost white


which is what we have got and then they go through to the dark, almost


black colour. They pop in other places, I konted say how many as a


percentage but not too common. The first white deer was born here five


years ago, the youngest is now 18 months old. It is possible that the


first white deer to appear here may have been purely down to genetics


due to two brown deer. But it is also known that there was a white


male deer living on community woodland adjacent to the park. It is


possible that he found his way in here and then made his escape. They


are sometimes referred to as Judas deer because they can make their


fell yes herd easier to spot by hunters. Although, being such emit I


had animals, visitors have little chance it getting up close. I have


not seen the white deer but there are quite a few deer around, so I


have quite enjoyed watching them. We are going to go and have a look it


see if we can see them. I think they might be down near the pond. A load


of food can help but there is no special treatment from Wendy on her


daily rounds be they white deer, red deer or fallow deer. We are not too


fussed about the colour, as long as they are healthy.


Now, the time is 6.55pm. The main headlines tonight: New claims that


you thousands of prisoners were scarf starved, beaten and executed


by Government forces in Syria and Lincolnshire police's Commissioner


defends the falling crime rate, while other forces are accused of


putting targets first It's the targets that dis`Stott the figures.


The police, with the best will in the world, they are trying to meet


the tafrgts, not record the crime. Bernard general tin on the programme


tonight. Wednesday whether. Cloudy and cold with outbreaks of rain in


the morning, dry and brighter in the afternoon. Top temperatures at best,


around 7. 7 is 45 Fahrenheit. The response on the subject of skriem


figures. Thank you for all the messages. A big response. Sarah has


tweeted ` why should crime figures matter? Surely for the important


thing is for the police to do their jobs successfully and deal with the


indents. Bob says ` people don't bother about reporting crime.


Nothing gets done. I have seen unreported crimes with no response


from the police. I don't bother any more. Less says ` it is how safe we


feel, not what the figures might pour tra. At the moment there is


probably too much fear and we need the police to make us feel safer.


This is an interesting one, anonymous. : I recently retired as a


police sergeant. For balance, I would point out that often I had to


educate officers who had recorded a crime when the circumstances did not


amount to a crime in law. Interesting. Join me tomorrow lunch


time as usual. Good evening. See you tomorrow, take care. Good night.


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