03/04/2014 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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forget a first look at the papers over on the BBC News Channel. But

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now Good evening. Humberside's Chief

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Constable has told BBC Look North that cuts in police numbers won't

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mean a poorer service. The force is facing the loss of 200 officers in

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the next four years. In Lincolnshire they are still fighting for extra

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funds. We will have more on that in just a moment, but first Sarah

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Corker has this report on the future of Humberside Police.

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Justine Curran's arrival was heralded as a new era for the

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Humberside force. It's been a year where she's received royal

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recognition for her services. Her officers have faced the challenges

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of policing EDL matches, and the chaos of December's tidal strge

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of policing EDL matches, and the chaos of December's tidal surge. ``

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chaos of December's tidal strge `` marches. Her biggest test is the

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same, cutting crime with fewer officers. It's roughly around the

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200 officer mark, and up to 500 police staff, so it is signhficant.

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police staff, so it is significant. I'm not ducking that. What we are

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doing at the same time is a lot of modernisation, a lot of change in

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how we work, how we use technology. Can you understand the publhc's

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Can you understand the public's concern that this is restricting the

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force's ability to fight crime? Of course I can understand the concern.

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I'm not sitting here saying, that's a fantastic thing for us, btt the

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reason I'm here is to be a bit more sophisticated about it than that.

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21st`century policing is not as simple as having a cop on every

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street. And working with the street. And working with thd

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community and businesses dohng their bit to help police is seen as

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community and businesses doing their bit to help police is seen `s the

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bit to help police is seen as the way forward. If you see a crime you

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way forward. If you see a crime, you should be able to stop it, not just

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leave it to the police or the community police. I still don't

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think you can beat seeing bobbies walking around and doing thdir job.

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I think it has a good effect. The force is increasingly sharing

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expertise. One dive team serves all Yorkshire forces. Mounted officers

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are hired in. So what's next? I don't think the merger of forces is

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on the agenda at the moment. What we need to do, to make sure we are

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protecting our front`line officers in communities, is to share where we

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can for those specialist functions I've talked about that are

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expensive, that we can do better together. When you first st`rted,

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together. When you first started, you said, I hope the Commissioner

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leaves policing to us. Has he done that or has he been interfering? No,

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he's not been interfering. The commissioner's role is to sdt the

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commissioner's role is to set the strategic priorities, which he's

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done through the Police and Crime Plan, to give us the budget we need

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and hold us to account. But it's my job to deliver policing. He respects

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that. With ?30 million of savings to that. With ?30 million of s`vings to

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make, top of the to`do list, designing a modern force th`t

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make, top of the to`do list, designing a modern force that uses

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new technology to fight crile. new technology to fight crime.

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Lincolnshire Police has argted for Lincolnshire Police has argted for

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years that it is underfunded and today, on a visit to the county,

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years that it is underfunded and today, on a visit to the cotnty the

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today, on a visit to the county, the Justice Minister promised a review

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into whether the distribution of money is fair. Jake Zuckerman

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into whether the distribution of money is fair. Jake Zuckerm`n has

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money is fair. Jake Zuckerman has more.

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Police and Criminal Justice Minister Damian Green took to the Ermine

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Damian Green took to the Erline estate in Lincoln to see for himself

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the challenges that Lincolnshire Police face. His visit todax,

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Police face. His visit today, an opportunity for those involved in

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policing the county to meet and lobby for a better deal. If I look

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in my crystal ball, the pot of money for policing is shrinking. My

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mission really is to make sure Lincolnshire gets a fair sh`re

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mission really is to make stre Lincolnshire gets a fair share of

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Lincolnshire gets a fair sh`re of that, and as a smaller force

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Lincolnshire gets a fair share of that, and as a smaller forcd that's

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really quite efficient alre`dy, we've been impressing on the

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we've been impressing on thd Minister the need to fund

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Lincolnshire police properlx at Minister the need to fund

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Lincolnshire police properlx at the cost of being in business.

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Lincolnshire Police has to save nearly ?20 million by 2015. The

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force says it has already made considerable progress reduchng the

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number of police officers by considerable progress reducing the

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number of police officers bx 10 , number of police officers bx 10 ,

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and outsourcing back`office functions to private company

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and outsourcing back`office functions to private companx G4S.

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functions to private company G4S. But in January, the Governmdnt

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functions to private companx G4S. But in January, the Government cut a

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further ?1 million from the force's budget, a move which led to this

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reaction by Police and Crimd reaction by Police and Crime

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Commissioner Alan Hardwick. We have here the government performhng what

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I can only describe as a slhght of hand, they're picking the pockets of

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the people of Lincolnshire `nd hand, they're picking the pockets of

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the people of Lincolnshire and other the people of Lincolnshire and other

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counties by giving us money with one hand, and taking millions of pounds

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back with the other hand. Today the Minister confirmed the government is

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reviewing the funding formula that determines how much money

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Lincolnshire Police receives. I have set in train a root and branch look

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at the funding formula so that we can be as fair as possible to all

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parts of the country. The chance to speak directly to the Minister is a

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rare opportunity, and those in charge of Lincolnshire's force will

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hope they have managed to influence government thinking.

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It will be the UK's largest solar energy farm and it will be built at

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RAF Faldingworth just outside Market Rasen in Lincolnshire. But despite

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claims that the farm will produce enough energy for 12,000 homes,

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enough energy for 12,000 holes, people living nearby insist it

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should never have been given planning permission. Our business

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correspondent Paul Murphy joins me now. Paul, why has this row broke

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out? It boils down to the type of land

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this solar energy Park is being built on, government guidance they

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should only be tilted on Brownfield or former industrial sites, the

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council says that is what this site actually is. It's a former

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airfield. Many local people disagree. In actual fact thhs is not

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disagree. In actual fact this is not a brownfield site. It was a

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Brownfield site when it was the airfield, the World War Two

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airfield. But since its comlission airfield. But since its comlission

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it's undergone a project of reinstatement. `` back to

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agriculture. There is a concern, a agriculture. There is a concern a

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wider concern in Lincolnshire, this food production Co, there is a

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danger to the elements like these are encroaching on prime

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agricultural land. We have spent many years making the case to

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government that Lincolnshire's land is worth a huge amount to government

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and national plc for food security reasons. We would be very crazy if

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we then start saying that solar is OK on agricultural land. We will see

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more of this tension between energy production, and that biomass or wind

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or solar and food production, particularly in Lincolnshird, a part

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particularly in Lincolnshire, a part of the country which is ide`lly

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suited to both. And in tonight's Challenge Cup game, Hull FC drew

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36`all to Salford, before going out on a golden point. It has been a

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miserable day, let take a look at the weather. Yellow mac good

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evening, an improvement tomorrow. A damp and grey start but it should

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get brighter and we will get a south`westerly and that will create

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`` clear any air pollution. Much improved air quality. Some patchy

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outbreaks of rain to come tonight. Hill fog, some mist and temperatures

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around seven or eight agrees. Friday, a familiar start, misty

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around seven or eight agrees. Friday, a familiar start, mhsty and

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dumb but any rain will move away to the north. Cloud into the afternoon

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but it will get brighter, some sunny intervals and will not two showers,

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top afternoon temperatures, 14 or 15 degrees. That is the forecast.

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Newsnight is over on BBC Two with an exclusive interview with the former

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US president, Jimmy Carter. We are back tomorrow at 6:25am. Goodbye.

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weather looks. Now the latest on the pesky pollution.

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Good evening. They say a change of air is good for you and that is what

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we have on the way. The brush that will sweep away all of the air

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pollution is a weather system developing in the Atlantic. The

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Atlantic implements very much across the UK from the next few days --

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over the next few days. Cleaner air from the Atlantic. Ringing rain as

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well. That is also good because it tends to wash the particles out of

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the air. We have seen that happening today with fairly heavy rain at

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times across parts of Wales and south-west England. It will continue

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north

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