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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.