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Six. Good evening and welcome to BBC Look
North. The headlines tonight: Humberside's Chief Constabld says
that the loss of 200 officers won't mean a poorer service.
21st`century policing is not as simple as having a cop on every
street. You want to see polhce on the streets.
In Lincolnshire, the police commissioner welcomes the ddcision
to review how much money his force gets. I have set in train a look at
the funding formula so we c`n be as fair as possible to all parts of the
country. Also on tonight's show Opposition to the UK's largdst solar
energy farm, set to be built in Lincolnshire.
Better the devil you know ` why Lincoln City is putting the classic
imp back on its badge. An improvement on the way. Writer by
tomorrow afternoon. Full details follow shortly.
The policing minister has told BBC Look North cuts in officer numbers
won't mean a poorer service for the public in the future. Humberside
Police is facing the loss of 20 officers in the next four ydars The
chief constable says the force will be re`designed so they can do more
with less money. But in Lincolnshire they are still fighting for extra
funds. We'll have more from there in a moment but in the first of
tonight's special reports S`rah Corker asked Humberside's chief
constable how she's going to make the force work in the futurd.
Justine Curran's arrival was heralded as a new era for the
Humberside force. It's been a year where she's received royal
recognition for her services. Her officers have faced the challenges
of policing EDL matches, and the chaos of December's tidal strge Her
biggest test is cutting crile with fewer officers. It's roughlx around
the 200 officer mark, and up to 500 police staff, so it is signhficant.
I'm not ducking that. What we are doing at the same time is a lot of
modernisation, a lot of changing how we work, how we use technology. Can
you understandable conerns that this is restricting the force's `bility
to fight crime? There is fewer officers and the same amount to do,
if not more. Of course I understand the concern. I'm not saying, that's
a fantastic thing for us, btt the reason I'm here is to be a bit more
sophisticated about it than that. 21st`century policing is not as
simple as having a cop on every street. And working with thd
community and businesses dohng their bit to help police is seen `s the
way forward. If you see a crime you should be able to stop it, not just
leave it to the police or the community police. I still don't
think you can beat seeing bobbies walking around and doing thdir job.
I think it has a good effect. Higher crime rate. We have seen it in the
local area already, in regards to break`ins. The force is increasingly
sharing expertise. One dive team serves all Yorkshire forces. Mounted
officers are hired in. So what's next? I don't think the merger of
forces is on the agenda at the moment. What we need to do to make
sure we are protecting our front`line officers in commtnities
is to share where we can with those specialist functions I've t`lked
about that are expensive and that we can do better together. When you
first started, you said, I hope the commissioner leaves leaves policing
to us. Has he done that or has he been interfering? No, he's not been
interfering. The commissiondr's role is to set priorities, which he's
done, to give us the budget we need and hold us to account. But it's my
job to deliver policing. He respects that. With ?30 million of s`vings to
make, top of the to`do list, designing a modern force th`t uses
new technology to fight crile. Lincolnshire Police has argted for
many years that the force is under`funded and today the county's
police and crime commissiondr has welcomed a Government decishon to
review the funding formula. This is the system which calculates how much
each police force gets and `wards Lincolnshire the lowest amotnt per
head in England and Wales. With more, here's Jake Zuckerman.
Police and criminal justice minister Damian Green took to an est`te in
Lincoln to see for himself the challenges that Lincolnshird Police
face. His visit today, an opportunity for those involved in
policing in the county to mdet and lobby for a better deal. If I look
in my crystal ball, the pot of money for policing is shrinking. Ly
mission is to make sure Lincolnshire gets a fair share of that, `nd as a
smaller force that's really quite efficient already, we've bedn
impressing upon the Minister the need to fund Lincolnshire police
properly at the cost of being in business. Lincolnshire Police has to
save nearly 20 mini implants by 2015. The force says it has already
made considerable progress reducing the number of police officers by
106, and outsourcing back`office functions to private companx G4S.
But in January, the Governmdnt cut a further ?1 million from the budget,
a move which led to this re`ction by police and crime commissiondr Alan
Hardwick. We have here the Government performing what H can
only describe as a slight of hand, picking the pockets of the people of
Lincolnshire and other counties by giving us money with one hand, and
taking millions of pounds b`ck with the other hand. Today, the Linister
confirmed the Government is reviewing the funding formula that
determines how much money Lincolnshire Police receives, a move
welcomed by the police and crime commissioner, who says the current
arrangement unfairly discrilinates against the county. But in the short
term, there was no immediatd promise of extra cash. We'd all likd to see
us having more money but I don't think that's on the table. We want
to make sure there's no further drastic cuts for the Lincolnshire
police force. They have dond the best that they can, and the way they
are is making sure Lincolnshire doesn't suffer perhaps as mtch as it
might do if it's just a str`ight 5% cut across the nation. The chance to
speak directly to the Minister is a rare opportunity, and those in
charge of Lincolnshire's force will hope they have managed to influence
government thinking. Earlier I spoke to policing minister Damian Green. I
started by asking him if thdre was any truth in Alan Hardwick's claim
that Government was picking the pockets of people in Lincolnshire.
What we did was topside somd money to give to the Inspectorate and the
Independent Police Complaints Commission, and I think havhng a
strong Inspectorate and a strong complaints commission is re`lly
important at a time when we want to restore public confidence in police.
We know there have been lots of scandals, and strengthening those
bodies in the long run helps the police. Lincolnshire has thd lowest
cost of policing in England. It is getting a raw deal, isn't it? I
don't think so. One thing I have learned today is how effecthve
Lincolnshire has been. It h`s to live within the financial
constraints we have. The fact they have this ten`year contract of using
the private sector, it not only saves money but it makes thdm more
effective. They are answering 9 9 calls quicker than ever. Yot touched
on the funding formula todax. Is Mr Hardwick right when he says
Lincolnshire is discriminatdd against in the way the fundhng is
worked out? Is it something you will look at? We are looking at the
funding formula. It is a long job. The current formula was cre`ted
eight or nine years ago. It was meant to be temporary. It is so
difficult to change. I have set in train a root and branch look at the
formula so we can be as fair as possible to all parts of thd
country. We have been talking to Justine Curran. She says thdy have
got to lose 200 officers by 201 . Don't we have to accept that
policing can't or won't be `s good in the future as it has been in the
past, when we talk about nulbers like that? No, I don't think so We
don't know what the financi`l settlement will be after 2006. More
importantly, one of the things forces are doing is much grdater
levels of collaboration across force boundaries than ever before. In
Lincolnshire, they are part of East Midlands Consortium. That's
behind the scenes. I am talking about police officers, 200 by 2 18.
They can't sustain that, or if they can, they were overstaffed hn the
first place. It is because xou can save money on the back`office
functions, or specialist functions such as firearms officers, ht means
you can police more effectively and are spending less on the back
office, which gives you mondy to spend on front line officers. Have
the crime commissioners been a success? Reading e`mails from
viewers over the last 18 months or so, they don't seem to think so
Have they worked? They are certainly not a waste of money. They cost less
than the old police authorities which were invisible and whhch
nobody ever noticed. As I go round the country, I see a lot of police
and crime commissioners of `ll parties coming up with innovative
ideas, working well with thdir chief constables to make sure polhcing
moves into the 21st century, using technology better. It is a fresh
pair of eyes, which is useftl for an organisation. What about thd
carry`on between Mr Rhodes `nd Mr Hardwick over the last few lonths?
That has been a bit of a pantomime. Well, it was an unfortunate
incident. I am glad it is over. I am glad Neil Rhodes is confirmdd in his
post. He's doing a good job in Lincolnshire. Crime is fallhng in
Lincolnshire. I think we can put that behind us. Final questhon. If
you were starting again, wotld you have crime commissioners ag`in? Yes,
I would. Having locally elected people who hold the police force to
account is good for democracy, and it is good for the police. Ht has
raised consciousness about the police. That is good for thd police
themselves. If it is good for the police, it is good for all of us
because it makes our streets safer. Good to talk to you tonight. Thank
you. We want to hear from you on this story, do you agree with the
policing minister? Do you think you can cut officer numbers without
reducing the quality of service Maybe you have a view on police and
crime commisioners as well? The body of a woman has been found
in a house in Hull. Police say they were called to an address in
Bransholme last night. The death of the woman, who was in her 40s, is
being treated as unexplained. Portland Street in Lincoln was
closed today after a lorry got a wheel stuck in a collapsed sewer.
Anglian water say the probldm is five metres below ground level and
will take several weeks to repair. They have apologised for thd
disruption and say the road will remain closed in the meantile.
It will be the UK's largest solar energy farm ` and it'll be built at
RAF Faldingworth just outside Market Rasen. But despite claims that the
farm will produce enough endrgy for 12,000 homes, people living nearby
insist it should never have been given planning permission. Crispin
Rolfe has been to find out why. Open space, open skies ` making
Lincolnshire possibly the pdrfect place for renewable energy solar
farms. This latest, potenti`lly the UK's largest so far to be btilt here
at RAF Faldingworth by Lunar Energy. The planner's green light ghving the
go`ahead to a solar energy farm the size of 210 football pitches, with
permission for 196,000 panels, enough to power 12,000 homes. The
thrust must be on Brownfield site. That is what the council insists
this former airbases. Neighbours say they are wrong. The issue is we are
using agricultural land. Thdre are more on the way. Lincolnshire
already has six solar farms, and four more are `` and more are
proposed. Not the sunniest day for this solar farm outside Skegness.
Lincolnshire ordinarily recdives about 1500 hrs of sunshine ` year,
rivalling the likes of Devon and Cornwall, which has seen a rise in
the amount of solar generathon. It has prompted a campaign for real
England to talk about the industrialisation of the
countryside, and a battle bdtween agriculture and energy.
Lincolnshire's land is worth a huge amount for food security re`sons. We
would be crazy if we don't say solar is OK on agricultural land. The
issues around food security are here today. Sheep graze alongsidd solar
farms. This ?NEWLINE Still `head tonight: The town in Lincolnshire
celebrating 20 years of running their own hospital.
And fans queue through the night for the chance to see Hull City play at
Wembley in the FA Cup. There has been a lot of smoke
around. Not too bad now part the world. This is a photograph tonight.
You can see the flood barridr. It is on the left near my flat. The
question is, how we been affected by this high air pollution? New line
yes, we have. At the start of the week, it was very high. What we have
just seen is missed. That is not pollution. The area that has been
affected today is southern part of Lincolnshire and into north`west
Norfolk. Further north, not any problems. Tomorrow, we clean the air
up. There will be a south`wdsterly which will show the escalathon back
into the North Sea. No problems In the short term, there will be
further problems. The cloud will be think this evening. A bit of results
further east and the risk of fork. Seven Celsius is 45 Fahrenhdit. The
sun will rise around 630 a.l.. Another slow start. A bit of patchy
light rain. Gradually, it whll fizzle out. As looks dry by the end
of the morning. The clouds will break up. Practice dive with some
sunny breaks for most of us. A small chance of a shower. That pollution
will be out of the way. Feeling quite pleasant. 15 Celsius. That is
the focus. Somebody doctors in the night making
a joke about Thomas Schaff `nd Acca. Somebody told him and he had
about it and he has promised to come and do the forecast here.
Peter, I know Thomas very wdll. You'd be better checking thd
seaweed. That will get back to him. H had
absolutely nothing to do with that whatsoever.
When the people of Holbeach faced losing their local NHS hosphtal
they decided to run it themselves. 25 years on and they now not only
own the hospital, they've increased the number of beds and servhces they
offer. Those behind it say they can't understand why other
communities aren't doing thd same. Vicky Johnson has been at the
hospital today. It looks like many other NHS hospitals, but as Dorothy
here has recently discovered Holbeach is run for the loc`l
community by the local commtnity. It has been lovely. I hadn't rdalised
until now that it wasn't NHS. 25 years ago, when the local NHS
needed to save ?600,000, thd hospital was threatened with
closure. But local people wdre having none of that and rallied
round. We recognise that with a business plan we put togethdr, we
could run it with half the cost We have maintained that efficidncy ever
since. So they've cut costs by bringing
services like catering and laundry back in house. Many here can't
understand why other communhties haven't followed suit. I fedl less
is the future. With Wigan h`ve smaller units, community`based, they
would be far more cost effective. The hospital is run not for profit
and makes money by providing services like outpatient clhnics and
nursing care beds on behalf of gps and other hospitals. Local residents
take great pride in its success They certainly do, yes. People feel
it is theirs. If people don`te money, they can see where it is
going to. When we have events, people will come and look around.
Here, they are not what abott profit. They are just worridd about
the care and looking at people. That is all they are interested hn. You
should team has big plans wdre the future, from increasing the number
of beds to building a speci`list dementia unit, so far from losing
services, this community hospital seem to be going from strength to
strength. A referendum to find out whdther the
villages surrounding Hull w`nt to become part of the city will take
place in the summer. There was a big response on this.
That will run and run and wd will continue to follow it.
Hull City fans camped overnhght to make sure they got their hands on
Wembley tickets. Hundreds qteued for their place at the FA Cup sdmifinal
as tickets went on general sale this morning. Around 25,000 have already
been sold ahead of the Tigers facing Sheffield United a week on Sunday,
as Phillip Norton reports. My tent's in there, my flask's
there. That's my bog roll! That s my bog roll, mate! On my way to
Wembley! Camping chairs, tents and flasks ` not what you normally need
at the KC Stadium, but essential to guarantee a ticket for one of the
most historic games in Hull City's history.
We had a tent up, didn't we? All night, us lot, every one of us,
buzzing. We've been here since nine o'clock last night. Absolutdly. .
We're shattered! Absolutely shattered. But it's worth it, isn't
it? It's worth it. Cos next Sunday, we'll be at Wembley. We'll be sat
there with our tickets. Get in! Dan Stanyon was first in the qudue.
Banter and football tales hdlped him endure the chilly temperatures and
Saharan smog. I managed to get the day off work.
It's a once`in`a`lifetime opportunity to see Hull Citx in the
semifinal of the FA Cup. Three goals in ten minutes against Sunddrland
last month sealed the Tigers' first FA Cup semifinal since 1930. It s a
result that prompted hundreds to set early alarms and join fellow fans
ahead of the ticket office doors opening, 12 hours after thehr long
wait began. It's an absolutely fantastic
commitment from the supportdrs, and it shows how the supporters are
embracing the competition and the fact that we're going to Welbley.
That kind of commitment, to stay out all night and wait for your ticket,
it's everything you need to know about how the supporters vidw the FA
Cup, and hopefully we'll be victorious in it. Tickets in hand,
the road to Wembley awaits. Thought it might be touch and go at
some points to get it, but pleased I've got it in my hand and now I'm
going! Ecstatic, mate. Just going to go home now, chill out, bed. In
fact, no, I'm off shopping with the Mrs. She can buy what she w`nts She
can buy what she wants now. A potentially expensive day, then for
one fan, no doubt keeping fhngers crossed ` and the tent handx ` for a
place in the final. In this evening's rugby league, Hull
FC host Salford in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup The Bl`ck and
Whites were last season's fhnalists when they lost to Wigan Warriors.
And you can listen to full latch commentary tonight on BBC R`dio
Humberside. Kick off is at 8.00 Lincoln city fans reminisced about
the glory days when Graham Taylor's team rewrote the record books, and
when Colin Murphy got the chimps promoted. While they were whnning
everything in sight, they dhd it with the famous Lincoln Imp on their
chests. It is making a return to the team. In the early days, Lincoln
city didn't have the same as Imp on their shirts. `` the famous Imp on
their shirts. In 1976, when Lester Piggott won a record seventh derby,
Patti Freeman was walking on water as the Imps were promoted to the
third division. We got a record number of goals. A record ntmber of
points. A record number of wins I mean, it was unbelievable. We choose
to touch the Imp before we went out. In 1981 as looks fizz won the
Eurovision Song contest in the world watched Prince Charles marrhed Lady
Diana Spencer, the game was on Tony Cunningham's shared as Lincoln were
promoted once again. We nevdr went out expecting to lose. We wdre very
confident. We didn't take anything for granted. We worked hard. We
played the game very physic`lly I don't think anybody ever gave up.
Next season, the impact that enjoyed these scenes is back on the shirts.
If you look back at past glories under Graham Taylor and Colhn
Murphy, the Imp was on the shirt and it seems right to bring it back this
season. The Imps take her nhckname from a cheeky chirpy that lhves here
in Lincoln Cathedral. It is actually a little devil. 20p helps you find
him and liked him up. It sits below the angels of heaven, as a reminder
that good must overcome evil. There is no doubt the fans will bd proud
to see the back, but the return they are really after is the Football
League. We will get in the headlines.
Stranding on cigarette packdts in the UK if effectively banned. An
independent review said the move would cut smoking and make
cigarettes less appealing to young people. Humberside's chief constable
says the loss of 200 police officers won't mean a poorer service.
Tomorrow's weather: we have been talking about the
policing situation in Lincolnshire and Humberside. This is frol a
serving officer, and wants to remain anonymous. The chief constable of
Humberside police is talking rubbish. We as a force are totally
demoralised, underfunded and our bosses are always telling untruths
to the press. Another one hdre, I am a serving officer in Humberside at
the moment, losing 200 officers will have an adverse effect on the force.
More and more work is being put on everyone in the force, and they
expect even better results. Team Humberside is being worn down, we
need to recruit more officers, not lose them.
Both of those are from servhng officers who are watching the
programme. Thanks for watchhng. Good night.