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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines tonight:
Accused of trying to abduct their own children now one Lincolnshire
couple says they'll fight to get them out of care They're designed to
protect crops, but some residents want bird scarers banned.
Basically, they sound like a war zone. They wake us up early.
Hundreds turn out to welcome the country's most successful Winter
Paralympian back to her home town. I'm in Bourne where people across
the town have been celebrating Jade Etherington's success.
I never change that snappy, that nappy changed me. `` nappy.
And comedian Jason Manford is left with a ?3,500 bar bill after a gig
in Lincoln. Don't forget the forecast that
follows. A couple from Lincolnshire accused
of conspiring to abduct their own children say they're terrified they
will never see them again. The couple who can't be named had their
children taken into care a year ago, but claim they did nothing wrong. Of
the 37 cases of adoption in the county last year, only two were
carried with parental permission. They face losing their two youngest
to adoption. Tonight one MP has told Look North that major changes are
needed to make the system fairer. Sarah Corker reports The Midlands MP
John Hemming who runs the Justice for Families Campaign Group told me
social workers were under increasing scrutiny after high several
high`profile cases. A garage full of toys, but no
children to play with them. It is almost a year since this couple's
five children were taken into care. The mother says they were told by
social services it was to protect them from future risk of emotional
harm. We have changed their voices to protect their children's
identity. It is hard and painful. I cannot sleep. I am not allowed to
have any contact with my children. It is very hard, that I have to keep
fighting. Your eldest son told the school that he had been hit. Did you
hit him? No. I never hit my children. In April 2013, the
children were taken into care. The couple told me that a court ruled
that the two youngest children should be put up for adoption.
Earlier this month, both parents were arrested on conspiracy charges.
The council says any decision to put a child into care is made with the
best interests of that child in mind. Ultimately, it is a decision
for the courts to make, and one that is not taken lightly. There has been
increasing pressure on social workers since the death of baby P in
2008. Local authorities accused of not acting quickly enough. One MP
says that the system has become so unfair that parents may have their
children taken of them and they should leave the country to avoid
social services. The iMac cannot imagine it is happening in a western
country. Campaigners have raised it in the
European Parliament. So many failed, they have betrayed and mistreated
them, they have given them grief. Cases like this are held in family
courts behind closed doors. This family say they struggle to
understand the system. It has destroyed the life of my children.
Did you try to kidnap them? No. We have never tried doing that. They
have been released on bail until May and the couple told me they do not
know if or when they will see their three sonss again.
Sarah mentioned John hemming there. He told me that social workers were
under increasing scrutiny after several high`profile cases. I think
they are under pressure from Government to do the wrong thing.
Because the courts rely on evidence that is a opinion from the social
workers employed by the local authority and I know of at least one
case where a social worker who recommended that a child be returned
to its parents was actually fired because she had been told not to
send the baby home. That is why it tends to be wrong. There have been
some high profile cases recently, not least that of baby Peter, isn't
this situation inevitable with the pressure social workers have been
under? ? You have recently said that people who find themselves at the
centre of these cases to take their children abroad. Is that a
responsible attitude for a Member of Parliament to take? It depends on
the circumstances. In a case where it is lawful to leave the country, I
know I'm since a baby was born in Spain a week before where somebody
had left because she faced proceedings here. I think the baby
will probably end up safe in the long term. There was a South Korean
couple who were arrested two weeks ago, they were leaving Wales and
trying to get back to South Korea. You think the system acts against
parents because the hearings take place in secret, surely everything
has to be done that can be done to protect the children? You have to
get the balance right. Wrongful intervention is damaging to their
children, too. Every change causes psychological damage. But there are
simple things, if somebody wants to petition the European Parliament,
they should not be punished. It is their right to complain to
politicians. Very briefly, what changes would you like to see which
would stop children being wrongly adopted? There needs to be a quality
of scrutiny in the courts and the evidence has to be done by
independent people, not people who are instructed to say, your answer
is to be guest. Thank you very much. In a moment: Making history ` the
record which has finally been broken after more than a 125 years.
Gas`powered cannons, used to scare birds from farm land, should be
banned according to campaigners. There's been an increase in the
number of complaints about devices which local residents say are
disturbing the peace near farms in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. But
farmers say they're a vital tool to keep hungry birds away from their
crops. Our rural affairs correspondent reports.
Noisy but effective. Farmers say they are essential to protect young
crops. For David and his wife, they are causing a headache, literally.
They moved to Lincolnshire for a peaceful retirement. It sounds like
bombs going off, they sound like a warzone. It sounds like they're
coming at you from every which way. They wake us up early, because they
are setting off at the moment from 5:30am onwards. In the garden, you
want tranquil conditions. It can be quite disturbing. The NFU has a code
of practice that says farmers should not use them before 6am or after
10pm. They should place them than 200 metres from sensitive buildings.
They should consider that noise travels further downwind. But they
say in the countryside, what comes first is crops, not quiet. The
countryside is a workplace for the farmers, a farmer's field is no
difference to an industrial unit, it is a manufacturing area, so people
that live in the countryside need to be sympathetic to why farmers are
doing this. But farmers need to be sympathetic to local residents. It
is important that people that live in the countryside get on.
There are online campaigns dedicated to getting the loudest ones banned.
Councils have received at least 170 complaints last year, some are
seeing a big increase in letters about Hamas' use of these devices.
They don't want to play the game. `` farmers' . We can put an abatement
on them. In the fullness of time, we could take court action, we don't
want to do that. The only way of controlling it is to implement a
total ban on them. The Code of Conduct is not working. Date would
like to see other types of bird scares take prominence. Farmers
insist that the countryside is for food production, not peace and
quiet. `` David. What do you think about this story?
Should farmers be allowed to use this type of bird scarer or should
people who live in the countryside be entitled to peace and quiet?
A 23`year`old man has been sentenced to a minimum of ten years for
attacking a man with a hammer outside a nightclub. The man who was
21 was hit on the head during a night out. Chris Bradley from
Lincoln was attempted murder.
Three inmates have been cleared of holding a prison officer hostage at
Full Sutton Prison near Pocklington in East Yorkshire. Feroz Khan, Fuad
Awale and David Watson were found not guilty of holding Richard
Thompson against his will in May 2013. However, Khan and Awale were
found guilty of threatening to kill the officer, and will be sentenced
next week. Council tenants in North
Lincolnshire, forced out of their houses by December's flooding, have
started to return home. On Friday, the Environment Agency held a
meeting with local authorities to discuss how best to protect the area
from future tidal surges. The Head of Housing in North Lincolnshire
says many tenants are choosing to stay in the temporary accommodation
they were moved to. Have have moved out of their homes, the other half
have stayed. It could be more suitable for their time in life to
actually move to that accommodation. Humberside Police are appealing for
witnesses after a woman was killed in a car accident. They were called
at four`o`clock yesterday morning and found a Blue Ford KA car had
left the road near Woodmansey. The 19`year`old driver, who was from
Beverley, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Scandinavian Airlines have begun operating flights between Copenhagen
and Leeds Bradford Airport, just days after the same route was
scrapped from Humberside Airport. When the route into Humberside was
launched, those involved believed one of the main areas of trade would
be the renewables industry. The airline said disappointing passenger
numbers meant the route was stopped after just six months.
Network Rail has announced its investing ?89 million pounds in
North Lincolnshire over the next five years. The money will go
towards work, including the modernisation of signalling systems
and upgrading trains. The company hope the funding will also help
support growth at the Port of Immingham and encourage further
business activity. She is the most successful British
woman in Winter Paralympic history and this afternoon Jade Etherington
has been welcomed back to her hometown in Lincolnshire.
Visually`impaired skier Jade won four medals at the Sochi games
earlier this month. Gemma Dawson is live in Bourne tonight where Jade
has been given the freedom of the town. How many people came out to
welcome her? 200 people turned up to see Jade and acts are some questions
and touch those famous for metals. Arriving in style, Lincolnshire's
Paralympian back at her old school to show off her medals. It is great
to see everyone. It reminds me how far I have come. From being here and
started skiing when I was at school and I would tell people and they did
not know what I was talking about and now coming back, it is really
fun. For these students, a chance to chat to her about her recent
success. Is who has been behind her from the start. It is nice to have
her back. Everyone is excited as she is one of ours. She spent months
preparing for the Paralympics with her guide, Caroline. She is visually
impaired so relies on Caroline to guide her around the course. All
this training paid off. In such is the Mothercare one for metals. ``
Sochi, the pair won four medals. I'm very proud. She's not the only
one. In Bourne, 200 people gathered to greet Jade. To think we have such
talent in our area is brilliant. She has done us proud. It brings a lump
to your throat. When you see her, and how nicely she speaks for young
girl. Everyone was so excited to see me and see the medals and gets to
tax them. `` and get to touch them. Then inside for a reception. First
time it has been done, wow, I feel very honoured. There are more
celebrations to come with an open top bus tour on Friday. As you can
see, it has been a busy day. She says she just wants a holiday. I
spoke to her later in the afternoon and asked her what she would do
next. It is a big decision for Jade, we
will have to wait and see what she has decided to do.
will have to wait and see what she The comedian who bought a round for
his audience after turning up late to the gig. A huge cheer went up,
but a lot of us were just saying, is this one of his jokes?
We still have the Jason Manford story to come. He paid ?3500 for
that bill. Paul bought a round of drinks for his loyal readers, that
is ?4 73 you will never get back. You still only for that cup of tea.
`` only. High air pollution warning today.
They'll continue to be bad tomorrow. Weather`wise, a grey start, it will
turn brighter later. It is a stagnant setup and some will have
noticed some Saharan dust on your car bonnets, and that is that the
dust has come from North Africa. It is all happening. It is fine out
there at the moment. Most of us have seen brightness. We are looking to
the South West, there is an active weather front. We will have rain
later tonight. The showery outbreaks of rain push North eastwards, there
could be a clap of thunder, but it won't but down too much rain. Lowest
temperatures coming in at seven or eight Celsius. Eight Celsius is 46
Fahrenheit. The sun will rise in the morning at around 638 am.
It is a grey, damp start. There will be low cloud, mist and fog, the
weather front will move, some patchy rain for East Yorkshire at first,
skies will slowly brighten. Many parts will be dry with some
sunshine. The breeze will just be light and variable. It will just be
light and variable. It'll feel quite pleasant want it right up. `` once.
Similar on Wednesday, a a lot of low cloud at first. It may be reluctant
to clear in places. `` a lot. There's a lead into Friday morning,
some patchy rain. What is that tie all about? That is
Paisley, I am told it is very stylish. The producer says that he
is parents has some `` had someone `` had some wallpaper like that!
It's a record which has stood since 1888, but this weekend Russ Wilcox
broke the longest unbeaten run for a new manager. His Scunthorpe United
side have gone 24 matches since they last lost a game which has propelled
them into second place in League Two. Now, Wilcox says they have to
finish the job with promotion from League Two. Our sports reporter
Simon Clark has been speaking to him.
It was a time when Victoria was on the throne and Marquess of Salisbury
was Prime Minister. This was the first recoding on film ` a scene in
Leeds and the all`England tennis club was born at Wimbledon. ``
recording. So to the Football League whose first champions, Preston North
End had gone the entire season unbeaten, 23 matches. Their manager
had ridden his way into history. The mac know quite a few years where he
was very successful with Preston. He introduced the first team talks, he
really prepared the teams he had. He was strategic, he was the first kind
of manager who would use a blackboard to prepare his side and
he was successful for a long time. That was until this man, Russ
Wilcox, broke the record, 24 matches unbeaten since he became manager. It
is an amazing achievement. For everybody involved, it is the full
group, it is myself and my staff and the players and everyone associated
with the club. Exciting times, we now have to finish the job. Wilcox
record stacks against illustrious managers. Alex Ferguson lost his
first game at Manchester United en`route to 38 titles. Brian Clough
lost his second Nottingham Forest game to Hull City yet still won 11
competitions including two European Cups. And Jose Mourinho lost his
ninth Chelsea game on his way to six trophies. Hard work is the key.
Quality in the group and if we work hard and stay together like we have
done organised, disciplined, there is quality there. It is a positive
time. This is how the league table looks today and the tantalising
prospect of promotion looms ever nearer Glanford Park.
Hull KR achieved their first Silly mistakes were responsible for
Hull City's defeat at the weekend, that's according to manager Steve
Bruce. The Tigers lost 1`0 away to Stoke with Peter Odemwingie scoring
the only goal in the second half. It means Hull have taken just three
points from the past 15 and are now four places above the relegation
zone. Hull KR achieved their first
back`to`back wins of the season, when they thrashed Wakefield
yesterday. This was the Robins' first try which was scored by
Neville Costigan. They went on to score seven more to beat the
Wildcats 44`6. It leaves them tenth in the Super League.
We've had a big response to the story that Hull could soon feature
in a television programme about life on benefits. Channel five says it's
chosen to feature Hull as one of several locations in the UK, but
there are fears it could tarnish the city's reputation. Big response on
this one. Sue in Hull sent this by text: "I am sick of southerners
trying to put Hull down. Everywhere in the country has deprived areas.
Why are ours always highlighted by narrow`minded snobs?" Simon in
Driffield sent this: "Channel five can get lost. Why do the
London`based media have such a low opinion of Hull when others,
including big, worldwide businesses, obviously disagree?" Simon referring
to Siemens there. But Michelle from Hull disagrees. She says: "A show
like this would show how much we have achieved as a city. From a low
start to City of Culture. It may not be pretty, but it is Hull. Be
proud." An agricultural college in East
Yorkshire opened its gates to thousands of visitors yesterday.
Bishop Burton College welcomed 6,500 people to see new`born lambs on its
working farm. College staff say it's a good opportunity for young farmers
to demonstrate their skills. We're behind closed gates for a lot of the
year, so it is nice to open up and let people see what we cover here.
Today is all about farming, it is great that people can come and see
what farming is about. I'm sure you had a good day there if you went.
The comedian Jason Manford has been left with a bar bill of ?3,000 after
promising to buy an entire audience a drink. He realised he was running
40 minutes late for the sell`out show in Lincoln at the weekend so
offered to pick up the tab as an apology. Jessica Lane has more. I
never changed so that nappy, it's changed me. Have you heard the one
about the comedian who bought his Hull audience a drink? Well, it's no
joke. Although, on Saturday night, many thought it might be. Huge cheer
went up, but a lot of us thought, is this one of his jokes? But it
wasn't. Thank you, Jason. It showed respect for his followers and I
think that is the biggest thing. Jason Manford had already performed
here on Friday night. Then he went home to see his family in
Manchester, which is what made him 40 minutes late. So he phoned to
apologise and make the offer to buy everyone a drink. The comedian
posted a picture of all the drink receipts on Twitter and said the
pricy round seemed like a good idea when he made the offer. But staff at
the Engine Shed have decided to give him a discount. We couldn't believe
it, it is the first time someone has done that. We matched his generosity
by reducing the bill by quite a significant amount. ?3000 he will
pay. It may have ended up costing him, it was not just his jokes that
left a smile on the faces of the 835 people in the audience.
Eye would love to know what his fears.
Scientists warn that crops motor health and homes will be threatened
by global warming. A couple accused of attempting to abduct their own
children say they will fight to get them out of care.
Tomorrow's weather ` a grey and damp start with mist and fog, but it will
slowly brighten up with sunny spells and just a small chance of a shower.
Top temperature 14 Celsius. `` 16 Celsius.
We were talking about bird scariness. Roger says I feel
unsympathetic to the folks complaining about scare is, if you
decide to live next to farms, you can expect all the things that come
with rural life. They were the usual comments saying it is the country,
what do you expect? If these viewers had to listen to
the equivalent of a firework display every few minutes all day, every
day, from 5:30am till dusk, would they be happy to put up with that?
The countryside looks as good as it does as a consequence of the
farmers' efforts, it is not some escape to the country fantasy.
It is a working environment in which sites and sounds need to be
accepted. Tony says that the bird scares would
be fine if they were used just in how was daylight. The one behind us
goes off all night. Thank you for those.
Join us on the radio tomorrow if you can. Have a nice evening. See you