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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight.


There are calls for millions of pounds to fix the pothole problem


across our area. We need four times as much funding from central


government to restore the roads to a decent condition.


Up to 250 jobs under threat at a seafood company in Grimsby. A


Lincolnshire farmer says restrictions on genetically modified


crops are putting the industry at a disadvantage.


They seem to make their decisions in Brussels based on emotion rather


than science. We are hamstrung. Occupied! Sorry. That is something I


will never forget. And I speak to the Hull actor and


writer Reece Shearsmith ahead of his new TV series tonight. And the


accurate forecast follows in 15 minutes. More than four hundred


million pounds is needed to repair potholes on roads in East Yorkshire


and Lincolnshire and the government is being urged to come up with cash


for the work. Hull City Council says it needs up


to eight million pounds. And Lincolnshire County Council is


warning that it would cost up to four hundred million pounds to fully


repair its road network. More from our political editor Tim Iredale.


We have some nasty big ones there and here. And also here. Potholes


can be described as an occupational hazard for this driving instructor


Richard who is on his way to the test centre in Hull. You have to go


around them if you possibly can. If the cars are coming towards you, you


have to go over them. They are a problem. The council should get


themselves together to sort it. Many councils say it isn't cost`effective


to carry on repairing potholes. They argue what is needed is longer term


investment in better road surfaces. When people say the council doesn't


do enough, what is your response? The council can't do as much as it


would like because it doesn't have adequate funding. We need four times


as much funding from central government to keep and restore the


roads to a decent condition. Hull City Council spends just over ?1


million a year on repairs and claims it needs six or ?8 million to fix


all of the roads. In Lincolnshire, with a huge road network, the


council spends ?15 million a year on repairs and reckons it would take


400 million to bring the roots up to scratch. Last year alone we filled


an additional 50,000 potholes, the number of reports of potholes


plummeted from 2500 to only a few hundred. You can make a difference.


The backlog which exists now, ?10.5 billion. It is more than a drop in


the ocean. The Department of Transport says it is the


responsibility of authorities to manage their budgets and to ensure


they have appropriate contingencies in place to deal with severe


weather. Many councils claim the financial black hole could prevent


them from fixing the holes in the roads. Potholes always gets people


story, it is an emotive issue. What do you think of this story? With


councils facing funding cuts, what priority should be given to road


repairs. Are you affected by particularly bad road services.


What's your story? Staggering figures to sort out the problems. We


would like to hear from you. 250 jobs are under threat at a


seafood company in Grimsby. Icelandic Seachill, which has three


factories in the town, says it plans to end the production of ready meals


and it'll now begin a period of consultation with staff. Phillip


Norton reports from Grimsby. Icelandic Seachill previously known


as cold water said it would the ploy `` redeploy as many staff as


possible affected by the announcement but employees, 1500


workers over three sites, the leader of the council has described it as a


devastating announcement for the town. He says he will be meeting the


company bosses to discuss the situation and working with the job


centre to help find new employment for those people affected but 250


workers are heading home facing unemployment by the summer. I am


shocked, it is hugely disappointing for the industry and the community.


250 jobs is a tremendous blow and it is one that cannot be filled. I can


understand the difficulties the company are under if they have


products that are not making profit and achieving what they should do.


Clearly it has been a difficult decision for the company, one they


have not taken lightly but it is 250 jobs potentially out of work. The


250 jobs will be lost from this site, the factory produces ready


meals for a number of high street supermarket chains including Asda,


and Marks Spencer. The company says a fall in demand combined with


significant investment needed at the site and the way the products are


refrigerated is too costly and it is entering a consultation period with


the 250 staff who may be unemployed by the summer. It is a huge blow to


the town. Yes, news from Icelandic Seachill. We will follow the story.


Police investigating the murder of a man in Gainsborough have arrested


three people. 24`year`old Ivans Zdanovics who was originally from


Latvia was found dead at his home in Etherington Street on the 17th of


January after a fire. Two local men and a local woman are in custody.


A man has handed himself into police in connection with a theft from a


woman in Bridlington. Pam Roddis from Sheffield died of a brain


haemorrhage four days after her bag was taken while she was on holiday


in the resort. Police say her death cannot be directly linked to the


theft. The 32`year`old man is now under arrest.


Friends and family have said a final farewell to a Lincoln City legend.


Andy Graver played for the club in three spells ` between 1950 and 1961


` and he remains the club's record goal`scorer. His funeral took place


this lunchtime. Gemma Dawson reports.


Friends, family and fans gathered at the crematorium in Lincoln at


lunchtime for a final goodbye. As Andy Graver's coffin was carried in,


the song unforgettable plate. Andy remains the all`time record


goal`scorer and mourners were pleased to share their memories. I


try to imitate him. My biggest memory is playing golf with him. We


played every Sunday evening. A true gentleman, he was good fun at a


wine`tasting, he had a following at Lincoln city football club but


plenty of people wanted to be on his table when Andy was serving. After


the service, they moved to celebrate his life. He was such a lovely guy.


He was number one in the Legends at Lincoln city. And he played the


Lincoln City in three spells between 1950 and 1961. He scored 143 goals,


he played for Boston United and Skegness town. That is the board


that went into the net six times. I was presented with it after the


match. In 2007 we filmed him sharing memories of his time at Lincoln


city. This afternoon, it was his wife sharing stories with friends


and family. He just enjoyed himself. He played `` you played my way at


the funeral. He did things his way. He was a man's man. He enjoyed his


sport. He was very sociable. Today, a fitting tribute for a man who did


it his way. Thank you for watching this Wednesday night. Still ahead


tonight: Claims that restrictions on GM crops are leaving British farming


"hamstrung". And a Lincolnshire school celebrates


the return of their Ashes`winning teacher.


If you have a picture you are proud of, we will show it later. This is a


stunning picture from Humber Bridge. Another picture tomorrow night at


around the same time. It was a stunning picture chosen by the


director. A postcard from Susan who lives in Beverley. She is on


holiday, in her hotel room they get look North every night! And she has


sent a postcard. Not much going on in that bedroom! We welcome all


viewers, however sad that e`mail is. The e`mail for the next 20


minutes... Get yourself out of that one! Mostly dry with sunny spells.


This weather system bringing rain from the South into South


Lincolnshire and it spreads northwards into east Yorkshire. A


swirl of cloud bringing cloud and rain in from the Southwest, lively


rain moving through Yorkshire into Lincolnshire and Grimsby and Hull.


It will be quite wet at times, South East Lincolnshire facing `` faring


best but the rain will push from west to east gradually losing


intensity, most places will be tried by the end of the night. It has been


especially windy along the coast, it will switch to the Southwest


touching gale force in more experts `` exposed places. So, the sun rises


in the morning at 7:39am. And the high water times... So, windy first


thing, a better day, brighter with sunshine, showers in the morning but


then slowly the cloud will increase and by late afternoon the rain is in


the wash reaching the Humber by 6pm. It will turn wet but much of


daylight hours should be brighter with some sunshine. The top


afternoon temperatures, eight Celsius. The wind will ease later in


the day. This rain sweeps northwards, it is wet tomorrow


night, showers and longer spells of rain and on Friday pretty cloudy,


rain in the morning, clearing in the afternoon, rain at first on Saturday


and much of the weekend is blustery with sunshine and showers. That is


the forecast. It wasn't an e`mail, it was a postcard. Susan in Malta


will have abandoned the programme after your remarks. See you


tomorrow. Good night! A Lincolnshire farmer who is keen to grow


genetically modified crops says 'ridiculous' restrictions are


leaving British farmers at a disadvantage'. GM food is produced


from plants which have had their genetic make`up changed in


laboratories. This can be to increase yield or to allow the plant


to exist in a more hostile environment. Opponents of this


method say it is dangerous to interfere with nature and more


support should be given to organic farming. Our Rural Affairs


Correspondent Linsey Smith has more. Mark Leggott grows 500 tonnes of


potatoes a year on the Boston Fens. Every ten days, they have to be


sprayed with chemicals to stop disease. A huge frustration for Mark


because if he was allowed to grow a genetically modified variety ` he


says he wouldn't need chemicals. We are hamstrung in this country. I


would welcome the chance to use GM material because I have seen the


benefits in the United States, I have been to farmers who are growing


crops and we can keep up with our competitors in other countries


worldwide. No GM crops are being grown commercially in the UK. In the


past, trial sites have been destroyed by protestors. But the


National Farmers Union says there's recently been a dramatic mood


change. I think farmers have realised they have some major


production challenges in terms of resistant weeks, we have seen


flooding problems but also drought, the volatility in the weather and


technology can provide some solutions.


The debate has been stirred by the recent news of these purple


tomatoes. Genetically modified, they have the same potential health


benefits as Blueberries. The invention is British but the work is


happening in Canada because researchers think the EU has too


many restrictions. It's where they should stay according to Andrew


Dennis. He farms organically ` and home delivers these boxes. As much


money was invested in sustainable forms of agriculture yields would


more than match genetically modified products.


But if the EU was to lift its ban ` would customers actually buy GM


products? Yes, I would. As long as it was the price `` the price was


right. There hasn't been enough testing. No, it is dangerous. It is


something we should be leaving alone.


A huge amount of the nation's food is grown in East Yorkshire and


Lincolnshire. So if ` or when ` the ban on GM crops is lifted Mark


insists he'll fight to plant them in his land. Linsey's with me now. Why


are genetically modified crops back on the agenda now? Well, because of


those purple tomatoes last week but the environment secretary has been


making hints that he would like to see British grown GM crops. He said


it is nonsense they are bad for you, though some disagree. He says the


prime Minister will soon come out and back GM. It is not politicians


here or in Europe that decide whether British grown fruit and


vegetables are a success, it is me and you and whether you would put it


in your trolley in the supermarket. There was a trend for buying British


at the moment and it is whether that continues if we change the


traditional methods of farming. This is another story we'd like your


views on. Would you buy and eat genetically modified foods that were


grown in this country? The Prime Minister has said that a


hundred million pounds will be made available to fund essential flood


repairs and maintenance over the next year. The money will be mainly


used for repairs following recent severe weather and extra


maintenance. David Cameron was asked in the Commons by the MP for


Beverley and Holderness about future prospects for river dredging. My


constituents and others in Somerset Levels and elsewhere expect decent


maintenance, dredging and not abandonment. It is time for natural


England, the environment agency and the departments to sit around the


table and work at a new approach to make sure something that worked


frankly for decades and centuries is reintroduced again. There's been a


strong response to the claims made by the head of the Environment


Agency who said "we can protect towns or country, but not both" when


it comes to flood defences. It was revealed that the tidal barrier in


Hull came within forty centimetres of being overtopped, according to a


report by the local authority. Hull City Council says it'll be working


more closely with the Environment Agency to protect vulnerable areas.


Thank you for all the responses. We got a mixed response on this one.


John from Theddlethorpe said, "'People or countryside' is the


message of the Environment Agency. What about those of us who live in


the countryside? We are people." One of the top topics and we will


continue to follow that. People in Hull are being asked for their views


on the closure of the city's mobile library service. It currently makes


fortnightly stops to places across city. The council says it needs to


reduce spending on libraries by four hundred and fifteen thousand pounds


by 2015 because of budget cuts. Lincolnshire is one of the top three


counties in England for archaeological finds. 5000 items


were discovered last year in the county, many by metal detector


enthusiasts. The objects are being added to a catalogue as part of the


British Museum scheme. It is not something that is bright and shiny


and wonderful, they are nice to find and it is great if you find some


gold but if it is something that has the story to tell and it fills a gap


in the historical piece of knowledge, fine. That is what does


it for me. Former Hull FC and St Helen's rugby


league player Steve Prescott will be honoured when the two sides play in


the Super League later this month. Prescott lost his battle with


stomach cancer last year. The teams will compete for the Steve Prescott


Cup on the 21st February at Langtree Park. The game will then become an


annual fixture. A Lincolnshire school has been celebrating the


return of their ashes`winning teacher today.


Arran Brindle has returned from Australia where England's women


succeeded where the men failed and brought the Ashes home. Today pupils


at Greenwich House welcomed her back to the classroom. Amanda White


reports. Celebrating the return of a sporting


hero. But it will never match this party. The England women with Arran


Brindle celebrating Ashes victory on Australian soil. It is hard to put


into words because of all of the hard work. To go back to Australia


and bring them home, it doesn't compare with anything in my career.


It is the third time she has been part of an England Ashes series and


back at school they could not be proud of. It is cool having a


teacher that plays cricket. I watched the Ashes in Australia, the


men and the women's was just as good or better. Because she has gone so


far, it is nice to think the girls can do it as well. Do you fancy


cricket? Yes. At Greenwich House you can learn numbers and the apples of


the world but something else `` animals of the world. And also


become a national inspiration. What was the most exciting part? When


Charlotte hit the winning runs. She batted superbly. 92. Were you


nervous before the game? I always get nervous. I think nerves are a


good thing. They mean you are excited. It is about controlling


them. One of the goals is to inspire the nation. That comes with success


but could you get the media profile. On a local level to interact with


the children and see how they respond and they enjoy `` the


enjoyment from cricket. Arran Brindle will inspire, not just


because she did it England but because she did it for the women and


the girls, too. A fantastic achievement. The writer and actor


Reece Shearsmith from Hull says he was delighted to get such a large


number of star names for his new series which begins tonight.


Occupied! Sorry, that is something I will never forget. Feed the birds.


It's called Inside Number nine and is a collection of one`off stories


with a mix of laughs and horror that Reece has become famous for. I asked


him if the 1980's series Tales Of The Unexpected had inspired his new


work. That's right. It was the idea to do a homage to that TV, a


different story each week with a twist in the tale. Horror comedy. I


don't know we made that up. Not all of them are horror, some are quite


silly but there are some which are a bit scary. Hull boy makes good, you


left us behind. Part of the trendy Islington set? No, I was back last


year, Hull kindly gave me a `` an honorary doctorate. I'm a Doctor of


letters. And memories of Hull? Well, a great childhood growing up in


Hull. I was quite studious, not going out much. It was all new to me


when I went into town. The new show is star`studded. Had you get these


great people? Well, we just asked them and they said yes. Over the


years people have said if you do something else, I would love to be


in it. We rang them up and most of them said yes. It was surprisingly


encouraging. They all said the scripts were good. It is great


because it is a one`off and they don't have to commit loads of time.


Yes, exactly right. That is why we were able to get them. We did each


one in a week so it is appealing for actor. We will be watching tonight.


BBC Two at 10pm. And thank you for my street cred years ago you gave


me. We put you in the league of gentlemen. I remember. You are very


famous. You gave me some street cred. Thank you for that. We will


tune in tonight. Take care, goodbye. Reece Shearsmith who is from Hull.


Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines. The rail


line to Cornwall cut and thousands of homes without power as more


storms batter the south coast. There are calls for millions of pounds to


fix the pothole problem across our area.


Much brighter with sunny spells tomorrow. Top temperatures getting


up to around eight Celsius. Potholes, Robert says he has driven


in many parts of the country and East Yorkshire have some of the best


roads. Councils have other priorities. Ben says he has had to


replace parts on his car and claimed for bike wheels because of potholes.


Richard says it has cost ?500 in repairs to his car. The roads get


worse and worse. Pam says wide we pay the road tax to drive the cars


on the roads, surely looking after the roads is what the money is for.


Thank you for those and have a nice evening. Look after yourself.


Goodbye. NICK CLEGG: Are you in,


or are you out? That's the real question at stake at


the European elections on May 2 nd. even though that would wreck


the recovery and destroy jobs. The Conservatives are now


openly flirting with exit, and the Labour Party, well, they


just don't have the courage


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