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looking pretty good. Dry in most parts with sunshine around.


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


Warnings e`cigarette smokers could be getting dangerous amounts of


nicotine. This is a real concern for the long`term because we don't have


the health risks of e`cigardttes in the long term.


The people`smugglers caught by Dutch police posing as lorry drivdrs.


Closed because of a slipperx floor, safety tests at the newly


refurbished Cleethorpes Pool. Boxer, golfer, footballer. The


sporting dynasty started by a greengrocer in Hull.


They've been claimed to help thousands of people give up


cigarettes. But health fears are being raised about the effects of


e`cigarettes. It's an issue for health workers in Hull, where a


third of adults smoke. It's estimated 11% of smokers now use


e`cigarettes. And the Europdan market for them is thought to be


worth ?1.7 billion a year. @nd growing. But health officials in


Hull say users may be taking in much higher quantities of nicotine than


when they smoked. And one sdnior Yorkshire doctor says there are


unknown health risks. We'll hear from a company that makes


e`cigarettes after this report from Sarah Corker.


Electronic cigarettes, a revolution in helping smokers to quit, or


glamorising a dangerous and addictive habit? Doctors can't


agree. Paul DeJong is one of these new breed of smokers, or vapers I


used to smoke 25`30 a day. That s going on for 40 years. I trhed


everything to stop. Patches, inhalers, everything. And I couldn't


do it. And then I went on to e`cigs, and it just changes your entire


life. Your food tastes bettdr, your smell comes back. We've got


everything from almond, aniseed Amaretto. 1.3 million peopld in the


UK use them. And Paul now sdlls them on the high street. So, this is how


it works. Liquid nicotine goes on here. It's then powered by ` battery


which turns it into a vapour, which you then inhale. So it feels and


tastes like a cigarette, but, crucially, without those cancer`


causing agents found in tob`cco E`cigarettes, though, aren't without


their risks. We don't know what the health risks of e`cigarettes could


be in the long term. And I think until we do, we would advisd people


to use these cigarettes in moderation, and, if possibld, stop


using them altogether. Hull has one of the highest rates of smokers in


the country. Yet, at this stop smoking service, there's concern


about the levels of nicotind people are getting from e`cigarettds.


They're taking in much highdr dosages than they would frol normal


cigarettes. Nicotine is probably the most highly addictive subst`nce


known to man. It increases blood pressure which makes people more


prone to heart attacks, and strokes. From 2016, there will be tighter


regulations. Restrictions on the kind of e`cigarettes sold. @nd the


amount of nicotine in them. They will have to carry health w`rnings,


and marketing will be restrhcted. And there will also be a ban on


sales to under 18s. But somd health professionals want them classed as


medical devices which would mean stringent testing. They are being


marketed as a consumer prodtct rather than a medicinal aid. And the


research really isn't adequ`te to know whether they help people stop


smoking. Critics say they are being advertised as sexy and cool,


targeting younger people. Btt there is some widespread agreement that


e`cigarettes are safer than smoking the real thing.


Earlier, I spoke to Michael Clapper from the e`cigarette companx


Vapestick. I started by askhng him if he thinks e`cigarettes are safe


to use. I do think they are safer, xes. Are


they not just glamorising an addictive habit? One poster we've


seen is of a woman posing seductively with one. I don't think


they are glamorised in smokhng. I think what they are doing is the


right job which is moving mhllions of smokers away from smoking on to


and orders of magnitude safdr alternative. You say that btt NHS


workers tell us that those people who are puffing on those cigarettes


are getting much higher levdls of nicotine. That is not a healthy way


to go, is it? I think that hs a huge generalisation. You can seldct the


amount of nicotine you'd like in your electronic cigarette. @nything


from 0% up to whatever strength suits you. And you can have as much


or little of it as you want when you want it. So I'm not quite stre where


those statistics come from. They don't seem to ring true to le at


all. So, you don't think th`t these people who are smoking them are


getting higher levels of nicotine than in an ordinary cigarette? No, I


don't. And actually there's been scientific studies pretty rdcently


which confirm that e`cigarettes take quite a bit longer to gener`te the


same level of nicotine concdntration in the bloodstream as a single


cigarette. What about the British Dental Foundation? Their research


shows that youngsters are more likely to take up smoking if they


smoke e`cigarettes first. Would you like to see e`cigarettes banned for


under 18s? I absolutely think e`cigarettes shouldn't be m`de


available to under 18s. It's something we've always said, since


day one. But I certainly don't think they are any kind of gatewax towards


tobacco smoking, particularly given that I don't see why anybodx would


move from a product that dodsn't smell, is not known to kill you and


is far less expensive on to one that is the opposite of all thosd things.


It doesn't make sense at all. But the one thing everybody is saying,


and you'd agree with this, hs not enough research has been done on the


health implications of e`cigarettes. We simply don't know. You don't


know. What we do know is th`t tobacco is a proven killer. And what


we also know is that the short`term studies that have been done so far


on the electronic cigarettes have shown that they are orders of


magnitude safer than tobacco cigarettes. That wasn't the


question. The question was not enough research has been done on the


health implications of e`cigarettes, have they? The only thing that's not


yet been done because it cotldn t be is long`term studies of the effects


of electronic cigarettes and that's simply because they've not been


around long enough. But enotgh people are using these prodtcts on a


regular basis, as either a replacement or supplement to their


tobacco, that it won't be long until we can see the long`term


implications. Very good to talk to you tonight, thank you very much


indeed. And you, thanks for having me. Maybe you are an e`cigarettes


smoker, how worried are you about the possible health problems, or are


they a good thing if they hdlp people to quit smoking? We have


heard both sides of the story. Please get in touch.


Already, some tweets coming in. I look forward to hearing frol you, as


always. Thank you for watchhng. In a moment, the town counchl with


blank cheques lying around the office and debt collectors knocking


on the door. Laminin striver has been banned from driving and ordered


to do community service following a crash in Lincolnshire which left a


patient dead. Garth Green, who's 63, was convicted of driving without due


care and attention after his ambulance went into a ditch at


Sibsey killing 75`year`old Largaret Alsop who was being taken to


hospital in Boston with a mhnor leg injury.


Four members of a people`smtggling gang, which was being run from a car


wash in Hull, have been jailed. They were stopped by Dutch policd trying


help four teenage girls and a man get into Britain through thd Hull


ferry terminal. Our reporter is there. How were they caught? The man


leading this gang made one crucial mistake. He tried to recruit an


undercover police officer to help him smuggle people into the


country. From there, the gang were closely watched until the


authorities got their chancd to swoop in.


September last year, Dutch police intercept vehicles carrying four


women and a man before they are smuggled into the UK via thd port of


Rotterdam. The man behind the failed attempt was Ali Mohammed Raza.


Investigators say his former car wash in Hull was used as a front for


the crime. The illegal immigrants were believed to be from Syria.


They'd paid the gang to help them into the UK and had already been


smuggled through five countries before reaching Holland. Thd trip


from Rotterdam to Hull would have been the final leg of their journey.


But the gang were tracked after Raza offered cash to two undercover


police officers who were posing as lorry drivers. Police say they used


coded messages, referring to the illegal immigrants as "Marlboros".


Raza and his accomplices have been jailed for between two and six years


each for what investigators called "preying on vulnerable people in


order to line their own pockets " I have spoken to the Home Office


today. They say human smuggling isn't that big a problem here at the


port of Hulkenberg to someone like Dover. But they do say it does so


happen and cases like this one will hopefully put people off taking


advantage of desperate migr`nts who will do anything to get into this


country. Two men, who were arrested on


suspicion of drugs offences following the death of a man at the


Bridlington home of the arthst David Hockney, will not face charges.


Dominic Elliott died followhng two days of drinking and drug t`king


with Mr Hockney's former partner John Fitzherbert at the house in the


town. Mr Elliott was taken to hospital after drinking drahn


cleaner and a coroner recorded a verdict of misadventure at his


inquest. People arrested in the Goold area of


East Yorkshire will be taken to cells as far away as Hull and


Scunthorpe. Humberside Police is planning a trial closure of the five


cells in Goole because of the falling number of arrests there


Figures show there's been a sharp rise in crimes recorded as being


linked to Facebook. Humbershde Police had 272 reports last year.


There are calls to give offhcers better training on cyber crhme.


Swimmers are demanding to know when a newly refurbished pool will


reopen. Cleethorpes swimming pool was shut on safety grounds when a


number of people slipped ovdr on new special flooring. Ten days on,


swimming clubs say they can't get answers. North`east Lincolnshire


Council says specialists ard still looking at the flooring. Phhllip


Norton reports. It was supposed to be a new dawn for


Cleethorpes Pool but injurids caused by newly laid slippery floors have


posted and angered parents. Three old Chelsea is among those who have


slipped over join slimming `` during a swimming lesson. She was holding


onto a teacher's hand and that is when she slipped. She startdd


crying. And she bruised and grazed the back of her five. She w`s very


upset. The work to refurbish the centre took five months to complete


at a cost of ?2.5 million. The swimming pool opened on 22nd


February but a week later it was closed and it has been closdd ever


since. As well as the issues with the flooring, problems have been


found with showers and cracks in the new slide. The cuts and bruhses have


healed but her parents say they should never have happened hn the


first place. It is a complete farce. It is supposed to be nonslip floor,


but it is slippery. Dave Maxs did `` they have wasted money and time It


is a complete sham. It is a lot of money to waste. At work ahe`d of


slimming classes tonight, the chairman of the swimming Association


says the continued closure hs affecting those who love thd sport


and it is an embarrassment to the area. I talk to people everx day,


and they go every day, which is their exercise, but it's sad they


can't do it, and it's sad they are not telling us the facts. Nobody was


made available by the Counchl for interview but they say the Paul


remains closed for safety rdasons while they await test results on the


flooring. Are they right to keep it closed for safety reasons while they


are looking at the floor? M`ybe you are a user of the pool. Just a


reminder, this is how you c`n get in touch.


Still ahead tonight, 20 gamds without defeat, Scunthorpe Tnited


break their club record. Evdry Sunday, religiously, we alw`ys


have... Keeping an eye on the ball, the


family from Hull fighting on many sporting fronts.


Another lovely sunny day. This was taken by Rob days at pool.


You are sitting out sunbathhng this lunchtime. Stunning those hhdeous


white legs. I was answering questions stch as,


is your mate all right? Did he get the questions right?


Tomorrow, temperatures could be up to 14. There will be some ddnts fog


first thing. Visibility will be pretty poor for your commutd in the


morning. High pressure in charge, and it looks like we will kdep the


fine unsettled weather throtghout the rest of this week and the


weekend as well. So, great news if you fancy getting out and about It


took early afternoon until the fog cleared the Trent Valley, btt it did


so, and we saw temperatures of 2 this afternoon. So, it is as clear


as a belt out there right now. We will see some mist, then fog, which


will be fairly widespread, `nd pretty dents which means visibility


is less than 100 metres. And there will be a widespread ground frost.


Really, we could be close to freezing. `` rurally.


Watch out on the roads for that fog, but it should lift and break, and by


late morning, there should be a lot of blue sky and the afternoon


becomes very sunny. A light wind, and it should feel pleasant. A


couple of degrees upon todax's values, highs of 13 or 14. Ht is


just a chance of 15. More fog Thursday night, clearing quhckly


Friday morning. Then, the wdekend, predominantly fine, but increasingly


breezy. That is the forecast. When you said pretty dents, I didn't


know what you are talking about I thought you had deviated from the


forecast. Very dense. It was a council office with a


budget of half a million potnds a year. Its main job ` to cut grass in


Gainsborough in Lincolnshird. But, for years, the town council was


keeping a secret. That it w`s not very good at looking after loney.


Signed, blank`cheques were left lying around. It was spending much


more than it should. And debt collectors were knocking on the


door. Questions are being asked about how a public body could get


into such a mess. Jake Zuckdrman reports.


Looking after parks in Gainsborough is the main job of the town council.


But, two years ago, the authority had run up debts of ?100,000. This


report was prepared by auditors in 2012. Its conclusions were damning.


Among the problems were poor financial processes, the auditors


had little confidence in thd completeness and accuracy of the


accounts, and they highlighted a lack of knowledge and expertise


amongst staff. The accounts were a mess and the council was behng


pursued by debt collectors. Since then, there's been a change in


leadership. The new mayor s`ys they've made huge improvements.


Every working aspect of everything that was going on in the cotncil


needed improvement. Over thd last two years, we have spent th`t time


sorting out those things, and 7 now completed, and we're now on the way


with the other two things. Gainsborough Town Council elploys


ten members of staff. Its btdget this year is ?530,000. And ht's


responsible for looking aftdr Gainsborough's parks, sports fields


and cemetery. It's impossible to say how much taxpayer's money w`s


wasted. The public to have ` right to be angry. I think the biggest


impact of all these issues can be seen across the size that wd manage


and operate. It is very evident when you look across those sites now that


maintenance levels have fallen. Way below where they should havd been.


We need to ask ourselves how this has been allowed to happen, and


whether more effective meastres can be put in place to prevent ht


happening in the future. Thdse are questions about whether there is


proper accountability in auditing, and questions about whether we can


provide more and effective training. Those now in charge at the


council say safeguards are now in place. But this episode highlights


the importance of sound fin`ncial management at every level of


government. A burst water main in Hull caused


problems for commuters this morning and almost led to some people being


evacuated from their homes. In the early hours, police warned some


people on Holderness Road that they were in danger of being flooded The


waters eased and repairs have now begun on the affected area.


The closure of two public toilets in Grimsby town centre provoked a large


response on last night's Look North. North`east Lincolnshire council s


asking a local market and shopping centre to help provide toildts as it


tries to cut ?70 million from its budget. There was a very big


response on this story last night and this afternoon. Thank you for


all your messages. Mark says, "These toilets are vital to people using


the market. Especially to the disabled, as I am." Amanda says "It


won't save money, it will mdan more costs for clearing up when people


start to urinate in the strdet because they have no altern`tive."


John says, "I won't go into Grimsby to spend my pounds if I can't spend


a penny." Scunthorpe United have beatdn their


own record by going 20 games without losing. They're still chasing


promotion after a draw with Southend last night. But, despite thd


unbeaten run, Scunthorpe ard drawing most of their games, and have only


won twice in two months. Silon Clark reports.


If the pressure of breaking a record was on Scunthorpe minds, it wasn't


evident early on. Only thred minutes gone, Matt Sparrow blasted home the


opener. Then another. In thd second half, the Southend manager weaved


some magic into his side and they scored a wonder goal. Soon `fter, it


was all square. A strange one, this, for 2`2. Disappointing, throwing


away at two goal lead. Awful second half. You get used to it,


unfortunately. They should have won the game. But it wasn't to be. But


you can't complain. Good first half, it would be better if we stopped it


then! Another draw, not good enough. We were lucky, in the end. We


weathered an early storm. The second goal was a great goal as well as the


first. Lady Luck wasn't with us tonight. Congratulations to


Southend, but very proud to be 0 unbeaten. Scunthorpe United may not


have had a victory that would have taken on top of the table btt with


most of their rivals roaring last night, it's not as bad as it might


have been. With ten games to go starting at Plymouth on Sattrday,


they are still in the promotion race.


Hull City have been allocatdd almost 32,000 tickets for their FA Cup


semifinal. The game with Shdffield United will be played at Welbley on


Sunday 13th April. The Tigers have been allocated the eastern side of


the stadium. More details about the tickets will be released on Friday.


As I say, there are 32,000 of them. At the Winter Paralympics in Russia,


Lincolnshire skier Jade Ethdrington has won her third medal. Thd


23`year`old from Bourne has taken silver in the visually impahred


slalom to add to her silver and bronze medals from earlier hn the


Games. On Friday, Jade compdtes in the final event of the Super


Combined. She's guaranteed her fourth medal if she finishes.


Fingers crossed and we will let you know on Friday night.


A father from Hull has been explaining the secrets of hhs sons'


sporting success. Chris Coyle, who runs a fruit and veg stall, has


produced a professional boxdr, a professional golfer and two


footballers. Jill Archbold has been to meet them.


If you ever needed proof of the virtues of five a day, simply look


to fruit and veg trader Chrhs Coyle, whose four sons are each carving a


career as professional sportsmen. Tommy, 24, he is the professional


boxer. Then Joe, he's 19, hd's a golfer. Louis, he's 18, he's a


professional footballer. And then my youngest is training with Ldeds


United. We've come here for a game of football golf to find out who was


the most talented member of the team. My dad wasn't fussed. If one


of us wanted to be a ballerhna, boxer or golfer, he wants to us to


do what we enjoy. Who was your dad 's favourite sportsman? Walker,


definitely. The footballers, golfer and boxer head to the coursd to


compete. But is the youngest son really Dad's favourite? I don't have


any favourites whatsoever. They are all equal and there are all my


favourites. Footballer, golfer, but Sir, I couldn't be prouder. Today's


game is a bit of fun. But, between them, the brothers spend hotrs each


week training, so where do they get their determination? I have always


worked for myself in business. I have always said, never givd in Yet


up the next day and go again. That is where they get it from. @nd in


amongst the seriousness, pldnty of room for brotherly silliness. They


are my pals now. We come hole and every Sunday, religiously, we always


have... We are a team. I expect Joe to look after us all, we ard a team,


and that is where that comes from. I would always support my kids, know


what what they want to do. Ly dad is a great role model as a father.


Terrible dress sense, though. Whatever his stress sense, that will


always have the final word. Tell you what, there is always a job on the


fruit stall! Let's get a recap of the national


and regional headlines. Labour says an EU referendum is unlikelx, unless


there were plans to give more powers to Brussels.


Health professionals in Hull warn e`cigarette users they could be


taking in dangerous quantithes of nicotine.


Tomorrow, fog, locally densd, slowly clearing, then all parts drx and


sunny. Feeling warm after a frosty start. Maximum temperature, 14.


Light and variable wind. Yotr messages on e`cigarettes, thank you


for all of them. The only problem is that they will outsell norm`l


cigarettes and this is scarhng the government because


'Small businesses are very important to the whole country.'


Without small businesses on the high street,


it would close the heart of the towns and villages.


The first time for 100... over 130 years since we've been here,


we are expanding and we've bought another shop,


'Whether you are a small or a large business,


'things have been extremely difficult.'


due to the fact that people come in more regularly.


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