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died aged 88. That's all from the BBC News at Six so it's goodbye
Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight.
Claims that an influx of migrants from Romania and Bulgaria hasn't
materialised. The message that we have got across is that the area is
so full of migrant workers that there is no extra work here.
The Government's asked to help three former soldiers from East Yorkshire
who are being held in an Indian jail.
The report that says you're more likely to be obese if you live near
a takeaway. She's done it again ` Lincolnshire's
Jade Etherington celebrates a record medal haul at the Winter
Paralympics. And there are some sunshine to come this weekend.
An investigation by BBC Look North has found that claims that a rush of
Romanians and Bulgarians would come to work in Britain have not so far
become reality in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Fears had been raised
by some politicians and research groups that an influx of new
migrants would put pressure on public services in towns including
Boston. But some companies who employ workers from overseas say
they're disappointed Romanians and Bulgarians are not coming at all.
Here's our rural affairs correspondent, Linsey Smith.
Spring has sprung and in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire there are
more than the usual signs. Once we see that the flowers are going to be
ready, then we start ringing the agencies that we use and will tell
them how many pickers we think we want on a particular day. We're
right in the peak of the season now and we are up to 150. We would
really like about 200 at the moment. How many Romanians and Bulgarians
have you had? I don't think we've got any. It's not just in the
daffodil fields. We spoke to farmers, pack house owners and gang
agencies. All of which were poised for an influx, they haven't seen a
single Romanian or Bulgarian. On January the 1st On January the 1st
all eyes were on airport arrival lounges. The Home Office say they'll
be no official figures on the numbers of new migrants from Romania
and Bulgaria until May. If they had headed here you may
expect to find some here. Park Academy, Boston's school with a
glowing reputation for welcoming children of different nationalities.
67% of the pupils here don't speak English as their first language. We
haven't seen any, we've had no interest from Romanian or Bulgarian
families at all. It certainly would have been a struggle, the biggest
challenge for us would've been places. Protesters in Boston are
also worried about public services being overstretched. But even Boston
Borough Council say they have taken a couple of tentative housing
enquiries from Romanians and Bulgarians. But Liliana Demeter says
the UK has missed out. A trained Romanian nurse, she moved here with
her family a decade ago. In the nursing field, it is well known
there are lots of jobs and they need nurses. From the local hospital they
have gone to Portugal to recruit. Bad publicity around coming here had
also a little bit of an impact and especially people with kids. Why
they choose to come somewhere where they are not welcome. There are
other countries, now it is three all over `` The UK's door is still open
to Romanians and Bulgarians but in this home they feel there's little
appetite to join them. The UK Independence Party was among
those warning there would be tens of thousands of new migrants from
Bulgaria and Romania. I spoke to Roger Helmer ` the UKIP MEP for the
East Midlands. I asked him if he believes everyone wants to come and
live in Britain. Of course not everyone wants to come
to Britain, but very large numbers of people do want to come to Britain
and have come to Britain, and will continue to come to Britain unless
we get a grip on our borders. All the people we have spoken to,
farmers and employers, none have seen an influx of Romanians and
Bulgarian workers. It has not happened. If you go back to the
beginning of 2013, you will find there are about 112,000 Romanians
and Bulgarians in Britain. By the end of the year there were 142,000.
Sorry, 141,000. You have got nearly 30,000 coming during the course of
last year. We don't have good statistics for this year, and
obviously it is still nine and a half months to go. Everyone was
talking about the start of January. UKIP got it wrong. There was a lot
of scaremongering, wasn't there? Absolutely not. As politicians we
can tell you how many people gained the right to come to Britain at the
beginning of this year, and that was close on 29 million in Bulgaria and
Romania. What we can't tell you is exactly how many will come. There
was all the scaremongering. There is a quote here from Godfrey Bloom in
2012. Britain will be unable to stop the tidal flood of new immigrants.
Where is this tidal flood? We have not even had a drip since January.
We don't know what the statistics are, but we do know 30,000 came last
year, and we know the National Statistics Office is estimating
50,000 a year for subsequent years, so these are not trivial numbers.
You must want to congratulate David Cameron, because another factor
could be that the new migrants wouldn't be able to claim benefits
for the first three months. That is a well done job, isn't it? He has
made a few little gestures, but frankly in the overall scheme of
things they make no real difference. The fact is, we in Britain can no
longer control our borders in terms of people coming from the European
Union, and we need to be able to do that. Are you sad we have missed out
on a potential new labour force since the start of January, that
firms desperately need those people? No, of course. We have to get a
balance. UKIP isn't saying we don't want immigration. We are saying we
want sensible numbers that we can cope with, and we want to be able to
select people who are needed by British industry. It is about
numbers and skills. Nothing to do with race or religion, or ethnicity
or nationality. It is about numbers and skills. Other countries do this
in a rational way. Canada and Australia. We can't because we are
not very good with our borders and we are in the European Union.
Did some politicians get it wrong? Has Britain put off new migrants who
are now working in countries like Germany? Do you agree with Roger
Helmer that Britain is not very good with its borders? Should reselect
people `` should we select people? Email: [email protected] Text:
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Twitter PeterLevy. Immigration will be one of the big
talking points on this week's Sunday Politics. The programme starts at
11am on BBC One. Guests include the Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell and the
Brigg and Goole MP, Andrew Percy. In a moment: Coming to Hull ` The
city welcomes the man who could give millions to local arts
organisations. David Cameron is being asked to help
three former soldiers from East Yorkshire who are in jail in India.
They're among six men arrested last October when Indian police detained
the ship they were protecting against pirates. They were refused
bail today. They have all served their country
and now they need their country. Purslane array from Hull is a
Buddhist soldier jailed in India `` British soldier. He had been working
for an American security company when the Indian authorities detained
that vessel five months ago. There she had had sailed from Yemen
through waters with pirates. Its owners say the Indian Coast Guard
allowed to enter the port to shelter from a cyclone. But India claims
wasn't the right paperwork for the weapons on board. They had arms of
course because they have to arm themselves. They were doing a job to
protect themselves. Pressure is on the government to intervene. 100,000
signatures have been collected on a petition urging the Prime Minister
to stepping. A former paratrooper is held as well. His father says every
day is tough. It can tie you up in knots. It has had an affect on the
whole family. Everyone is concerned. We are spoken to the Foreign Office
today who says this is a difficult and important case that the primers
has raised with the authorities, but is unable to get the release of
British nationals or interfere with another country's legal processes.
It did say it will do all it can to help and stress the importance of a
quick resolution. Carroll says that is not enough. David Cameron, if it
was your son what would you do? If it was your family what would you
do? You would want to get back home. You would do the best you could to
get these guys are back home. We will continue to follow that story
if there are any developments. Engineers have started dismantling
an experimental tidal power generator in the Humber. The Neptune
was built to provide power to The Deep, but was scrapped when the
company behind it went into liquidation. People living on Hull's
Victoria Dock had campaigned to have it removed, saying it had become an
eyesore. Network Rail says a broken locking
mechanism on the Goole swing bridge was behind delays last night. Five
trains on the Hull to Doncaster line were held up. It took two hours for
the problem to be fixed. A police constable from Hull has
been to Buckingham Palace today to receive her MBE. PC Sharon Houfe was
given the honour by Prince Charles for her work developing
relationships with Hull's Muslim community and for tackling racial
bullying in the city's schools. And Greg Knight, the MP for East
Yorkshire, was knighted at the same ceremony, for his work in the
Conservative's Whips' Office. If you live near a take`away you're
more likely to be obese. That's according to new research in the
British Medical Journal. They say there's been a large increase in
take`away food businesses in recent year. For example we found out that
in 2010 in North Lincolnshire there were 102 takeaways. There are now
175. That's a 75% rise. And in that area almost a third of people are
overweight. Sarah Corker reports from Scunthorpe.
Fast food is cheap and convenient, but often high in fat and calories.
But takeaway owners say they're just responding to demand. All take
arrays have high calories, but you can get it from the supermarket as
well. It is not just us and you're giving people what they want. Almost
30% of adults here are OBEs, above the national average. Here in
Scunthorpe, I have counted 14 take arrays in less than half a mile foot
of the report today says the closer either to a fast`food joint the more
likely you are to be overweight. How often do you eat takeaway is? Five
days a week. Ie chicken and kebabs. It keeps people lazy. June and Mayo.
It is healthy `` We need between between two and 2500 calories a day.
Fish and chips with mushy peas is 604 calories A meat feast pizza
comes in at 900 calories And for a whopping 1,436 calories, you can get
a chinese sweet and sour chicken with egg friend rice and spring
rolls. `` fried. More takeaways are appearing on our high streets than
ever before. Just because there is a fast`food joint there it does not
mean you have to eat it. We have to make sure people exercise. Will the
council listen to this advice and limit the number of takeaways? We
believe interesting people. And health professionals want councils
to take more responsbility. If customers want to eat healthy baking
comb into an establishment and that choice is there for them. In Hull,
the council's encouring businesses to offer healthy options, like
grilling food rather frying it. So the message is some fast foods are
kinder to your wastelines than others. It's your choice.
Are there too many takeaways? Should councils stop new ones opening? Are
they making people obese? There is the contact details below.
Still ahead tonight: The Lincolnshire skier who's become
Britain's most successful woman at the Winter Paralympics. It was the
best race we have done together, so we are both happy. Let's take a look
at night's picture. This is a lovely picture. It is these are good at the
weekend send it in. `` if you see anything good. You said I was
bossy. Let's have a look at the weather. There'll be some sunshine
but cloud tomorrow morning. It will brighten up and LB sunshine by
tomorrow afternoon. Sunday is pleasant. It is because there is
pressure from the South and settled weather through the rest of the
week. We will start the season changes by Wednesday. More cloud
develops as we move through the course of the afternoon. It will
continue to spread southwards overnight. A largely cloudy night
developing but mostly dry one and underneath that cloud temperatures
will drop too low. Not as cool as last night. Seven or eight degrees.
We will have the problems of mist and fog. Your next high water will
be at 5am tomorrow morning. A loss of cloud around. It may well linger
until late morning, midday, but I'm hopeful it will brighten up through
tomorrow. We should see some sunny spells breaking through, but it
might be that temperatures don't go too high. It also the average of 12
or 13 degrees. It with outbreaks of quickly enough I wouldn't be
surprised to see temperatures getting up to 14 or 15 degrees. On
Sunday, there will be some low cloud around, but that should burn off and
we will have some spells of sunshine. Another dry day to come
and cool on Tuesday. We will start to see changes on Monday. There will
be some rain around. Thank you for your grandmother who dogged me in.
The head of the organisation that funds arts in England says he can
help Hull unlock its potential before it becomes UK City of Culture
in 2017. Alan Davey has already approved millions of pounds for the
city but says there are never guarantees about more funding.
Caroline Bilton met him as he toured the city today.
He came to see the cultural highlights of Hull ` This is a man
who holds the key to unlock lots of money ` so those who are behind
Hull's City of Culture celebrations were keen to bend his ear. The arts
Council has committed ?3 million but we see the opportunity to make a
difference here. His visit started off here at Hull Truck Theatre one
the main recipients of arts council funding in the city at the moment.
He then visited smaller businesses like this art gallery, who are
hoping the city of Gold estate will open new doors. `` city of culture
status. We can't extend our state is it we don't get the money. From
grassroots to big events, the city of culture celebrations come with a
80 million pounds price tag. The council is facing cuts, so what can
they promised? It is always competitive. What is happening in
Hull is special. It is special but Hull. It is special for art and
culture, so we have to get behind it and we are. We will find a way.
There are no guarantees? I can never give guarantees. Other visits in the
pipeline will happen. Conversations happen all over the UK for the city
of culture. I've met with some of the lottery distributors, the
British film Institute. They want to understand what we are achieving
here. He says the main thing he will take away from his visit is the
possibility of what can be achieved here. Of course, arts Council
funding is crucial in achieving that full potential, but he tells me
this, it'll be the first of many visits to the city.
The winners at last night's Hull and East Yorkshire tourism awards say
they're confident that they can do their bit to attract more visitors
to the area. At last night's ceremony in Bridlington there was a
determination from winners like RSPB Bempton and the KC Stadium to take
full advantage of Hull's year as UK City of Culture 2017.
It's a great time Yorkshire in general. We have the Grand Depart
this year, and we will have the new visitor centre and the all new
singing and dancing Bempton Cliffs next year. That'll go on then into
2017, and the Hull City of Culture. It is a chance for local businesses
to say we're going to have have the most fantastic year, but in the run
up to 2017 look at what else we can achieve.
Congratulations to the other winners. Village Farm Bed
Breakfast in Skipsea. Millers Tea Room at Raywell. Drewton's Farm Shop
at South Cave. Mr Moo's Ice Cream. High Barn Cottages in Bempton The
Triton Inn at Brantingham. Tickton Grange Hotel near Beverley. The Star
restaurant at Sancton. The UK City of Culture Winning Team. And Joint
Winners in the tourism event category: Beverley Folk Festival
the Freedom Festival in Hull. Well done to everybody.
Hull City boss Steve Bruce says its not good patting themselves on the
back because they're not safe from relegation yet. The Tigers welcome
to the KC Stadium one of the favourites for the title, Manchester
City who beat them in the reverse fixture 2`0 earlier in the season.
We couldn't have played any better against them, and we still weren't
good enough. I accept that and say OK, we were beaten fairly and that
is what we have to do tomorrow. We have to make sure we play well.
And the Tigers will have 32,000 tickets for their semifinal with
Sheffield United at Wembley. Our sports reporter Simon Clark has some
more details on the distribution. Simon what are the plans by the
club? If you have a Hull season ticket,
you can get a ticket to Wembley. If you have that triggered the two
seasons or you might be able to get a second one. It will like this. So
there's not a huge rush all at once, they will sell them stand`bys
stand. More details can be found on the club website. The ticket prices
range from between ?30 and ?50. 32,000 tickets as Hull head towards
Wembley. Hull Kingston Rovers seek their
first win of the season with a trip to the champions Wigan tonight. Last
week, Craig Sandercock's team were heavily beaten by Wigan's
arch`rivals St Helens, seen here in red and white, but will include
experienced Adie Gardner for his debut. The weekend of sport starts
tonight with Hull Kingston Rovers You can hear how they get on with
BBC Radio Humberside. Kick`off is at 8pm. Its Saturday Sport programme
starts with Hull City's game with Manchester City from 12.45pm. At 3pm
you can hear Scunthorpe United's match at Plymouth on FM. And Grimsby
Town's game with Wrexham on AM, Digital and online. On Sunday it's
Hull FC's trip to Castleford from 3pm on FM and online. And BBC Radio
Lincolnshire have Lincoln City's match with Braintree tomorrow. The
programme starts at 2pm. Jade Etherington has taken her place
in sporting history. She is now the most successful woman British winter
paralympian after winning her fourth skiing medal in Sochi. Jade has 5%
vision. At her former school in Market Deeping in South
Lincolnshire, pupils and teachers say they are very proud of her
achievement. Jake Zuckerman has the story.
The moment Lincolnshire's Jade Etherington make paralympic history.
Taking silver in the super`combined earlier this morning in Sochi. With
three silvers and a bronze, Jade, from Bourne, and her guide Caroline
Powell, have become the most successful British women ever at the
Winter Paralympics. We missed the silver and did go throw it. We had a
good performance. It was the fastest and best race we have done together.
We are both happy and it is a shame as it was so close to the gold. We
tried hard and said we didn't want to just finished I get the silver.
`` and get. There are 45 countries competing in the Winter Paralympics.
With four medals to her name, Jade has won more in total than Norway,
Sweden or Finland. At her old school in Market Deeping, where they've
been following Jade's every move, her success has been inspiring
current students too. I have dreams and aspirations I want to achieve.
If that is what she wanted to do for her live, then it makes me feel I
could do that as well. It is amazing to see what she has gone through.
Those who taught Jade say she's always shown great strength of
character. She was very bubbly and it can be quite challenging, because
she had very clear ideas about what you wanted to achieve, and was
determined to achieve them even though it seemed very difficult for
her. She was very determined, and that determination to succeed
clearly has led to great things in terms of her skiing. So far gold
medal position has remained just beyond Jade's grasp, but she and her
guide have one final chance to add to their medal tally on Sunday when
they compete in the Giant Slalom. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines. An MP for more than 50 years and tireless
campaigner for socialism ` the former Labour cabinet minister Tony
Benn has died. There is a predicted influx of migrants to East
Yorkshire, but it fails to materialise. Tomorrow's weather: A
cloudy morning but tending to brighten into the afternoon. A fresh
breeze and a maximum temperature of 14 Celsius. We have some messages on
migration. Mike has treated. Only a small number have come to date, but
it is far to early that we should think no more to come. UKIP
exaggerate the figures. Tony says your speakerphone UKIP was select.
We have to select immigrants and choose the right ones `` speaker
from. Have a nice weekend.