07/02/2014 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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Good evening. The man responsible for the running of Humberside Police

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has been accused of macho politics over his plans to increase the

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amount people pay for policing. Matthew Grove says a small council

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tax increase will help keep more police on the streets. But some have

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accused him of acting ignorantly, as Phillip Norton reports.

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5p, the extra weekly cost to the taxpayer to adequately police the

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Humberside force area. That's according to the Police and Crime

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Commissioner, Matthew Grove who says a precept increase is vital, despite

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councillors on the area's crime panel voting against it. The public

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say to me their first priority is actually to ensure we have a good,

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effective policing service. That's what the public tell me week in,

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week out. They say, Matthew, protect our police service. This is what I

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need to do on their behalf to protect the police service. It's a

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very modest increase. Mr Grove is proposing a rise of just

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under 2% to the police precept. He says that works out at around 5p per

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week for every household. That money will go towards more officers on the

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streets by improving the technology they use to make them more

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efficient. The chairman of the Crime Panel is angry, saying they are

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being ignored. I think it's quite a foolish way to

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go about it. I would put it quite simply, a macho type proposal, which

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is not needed at all. I think it's just a way of saying, I am my own

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man, I am the Commissioner, I will do as I think. I won't listen to the

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government, I won't listen to the panel, I won't listen to anybody.

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Matthew Grove says the Humberside Police force has reached the point

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now where it cannot provide a robust or adequate service for the area. In

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addition the force has to make savings of more than ?30 million. He

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says he is already making savings. This is the former police authority

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headquarters, a building he put up for sale soon after being elected. A

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move, he says, that will save ?50,000 a year. On the streets of

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Hull, most people I spoke to were happy for him to ask for more. If it

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keeps the police on the streets, yeah, instead of just sat behind a

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desk filling in forms. I'll pay. If it saves jobs, fair enough. I just

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don't want it to get wasted on stupid things, luxuries. Maybe with

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a bit of extra money their argument is they can do more but they should

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be able to do it anyway. Earlier on Look North, Matthew Grove responded

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to the criticism. I work for the public, not for the government and

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certainly not for the Police and Crime Panel. If Matthew Grove goes

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ahead, these few extra pennies a week will add up to another ?800,000

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a year for the Humberside Police kitty. The panel that scrutinises

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his work say his arguments don't stand up.

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Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has declined to

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comment, after it was recommended he apologises to his Chief Constable

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for suspending him last year. The Police and Crime Panel said Alan

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Hardwick ignored legal advice and wasted ?160,000 when he suspended

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Neil Rhodes. Mr Hardwick told Look North it would be inappropriate to

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comment before receiving any official communication from the

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panel. Businesses on the Lincolnshire Coast

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have welcomed the government's decision to allow ?5 million to be

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spent protecting the area from flooding. The money will be spent on

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building sand banks to defend thousands of homes between

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Mablethorpe and Skegness. Our correspondent, Paul Murphy, reports.

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Work to repair this coastline has been under way ever since December's

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damaging tidal surge. News of extra defence money has been welcomed,

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especially by vulnerable coastal businesses.

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We are below sea level here and all the way along. Trusthorpe was

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flooded and all the people had to be evacuated. And, you know, you see

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other people being flooded and it is a really scary thing.

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The 30,000 properties and 20,000 caravans on this low`lying coast

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represent a significant part of Lincolnshire 's economy.

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We have incredible assets behind the flood defences that we need to

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protect, agriculture, industry. Our tourism industry brings ?500,000

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into the area, very important and, of course, the residents.

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The defences are here to prevent history repeating itself. Hundreds

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lost their lives in the East Coast floods of 1953 but one of the

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survivors believes the newly announced funding doesn't go far

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enough. No good. Not enough? Not enough. In anyway whatsoever. It

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wants a lot more spending on it. If they don't, it'll cost more to

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restore it. The new government money comes on top of an existing

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programme of flood repairs. It includes funding to protect 200

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homes at Welwick in East Yorkshire, after damage to the Humber bank. To

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repair a 60`foot gap in the river bank at Blacktoft, to install a

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three`quarter of a mile temporary defence at Riverside Quay in Hull

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and there's protection for more than 2,000 homes on the Trent at

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Kettlethorpe. There's funding to for Lincoln to protect around 80

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properties in the Stamp End area of the city.

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I think in view of the floods that have been happening all over the

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country, I think it should really be allocated all over as well. The

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river does come up quite high so I would think for the whole area it is

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quite a good thing. What the tides take away, the diggers must always

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put back. The ?5 million of government cash is, of course being

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welcomed but it is just a drop in the ocean in this constant process.

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Defences protected much of Lincolnshire 's coast from

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December's tidal surge. These communities know there is little

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room for complacency. Businesses helping to fund Hull's

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City of Culture year say it's a once in a lifetime chance to get rid of

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stereotyped views about the city. 22 companies have already pledged more

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than a third of a million pounds, that's of the ?15 million pounds

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needed. Those involved say it's a unique chance to promote Hull to the

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world. The City of Culture is a one`off

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event for the city. This won't come round again for us. So if you want

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to be on board and believe in what is promoting the city, promoting the

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culture and showing the positive offerings that we have then, you

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know, we strongly believe it is money well worth spending. Now the

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weather with Keeley Donovan. Hello, good evening, further wet and

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windy weather to come through the course of the night. Already we've

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got rain setting in from the west. It'll continue to spill northwards.

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It'll have mostly clearly by the end of the night, just the odd shower.

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Windy in the short term with potentially some heavy spells of

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rain too. Temperatures dropping back to three or four degrees. Through

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the morning there could be the odd shower lingering. Then it'll develop

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into dry and bright conditions for a good bulk of the day. Later in the

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day we'll start to see showers heading in from the west. It might

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be that some places stay dry for most of the day in daylight hours.

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Windy tomorrow with temperatures reaching six or seven degrees. A few

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showers through the morning on Sunday. That is all. We are back

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tomorrow lunchtime. Enjoy the rest of your evening, good night.

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Hello again. Nelson's flag ship HMS victory, was launched in 1765 and

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you can still see it today in Portsmouth Harbour. But through the

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whole of that history, you will struggle to find a wetter winter

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than this one across southern England. Scotland has already been

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in the record books. Their December was the wettest since standardised

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records began about 100 years ago. There's plenty more where that came

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from. Another storm is knocking on the door and will affect the whole

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of Western Europe, steaming in from the Atlantic. Giving us a steady

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stream of rain in most places. Severe gales ahead of that rain

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gusts up to 60 mph. Battering the coasts once again. For the North,

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across the Scottish mountains yet more snow. It's really piling up

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here at the moment. A cold

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