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Summary

  1. Mother of Poppy Widdison and her ex-partner guilty of child cruelty
  2. Investors want to put money in Hull in culture year
  3. Vigil to be held to remember those trapped in Aleppo
  4. Grimsby Strictly stars head to the final
  5. Updates on Friday 16 December 2016

Live Reporting

By Kimberley Metcalfe

All times stated are UK

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Five things we learned today

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

That's all from me for today. 

I hope you have a great weekend and get all your festive jobs done. 

Before I go, here's five things we didn't know this morning:

  1.  Amy Johnson continues to inspire women to fly
  2. By day teacher, by night Nineties Boy
  3. There's too much love to call it rivalry between Grimsby's Joanne and Kevin Clifton
  4. Possible case of bird flu in NE Lincolnshire
  5. Hull City Council deserves a round of applause

Weather: Saturday best day of the weekend

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A fine evening with clear spells but becoming rather cloudy overnight with a little light rain or drizzle for a time. 

Temperatures dropping to 6C.

A cloudy start to Saturday but soon brightening then a dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine. 

A family dance off in the Strictly final

Katy Austin

BBC Look North

Grimsby dancers Kevin Clifton and his sister Joanne and their celebrity partners have made it to the last three of the competition. 

Their mum and dad run a dance school in their home town and will be adding their support.

I shimmied along for a visit:

Poppy Widdison

A mother and her partner are found guilty of child cruelty after her four-year-old daughter died.

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Planned roadworks in the Humber

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

It's something we all hate, so I thought best to make you aware of the roadwork situation coming up next week.

These works are planned between Monday 19 and Thursday 22 December

  • A180/A160 Immingham: The A180 will have a 50mph speed limit and the westbound exit slip road and eastbound entry slip road at Brocklesby Interchange will be closed to improve access to the Port of Immingham. Drivers will be able to follow a signed diversion route
  • A63 Alexandra Dock: Westbound exit slip road will be fully closed overnight for two nights for resurfacing works on 20 December. Closures will take place between 19:00 and 07:00.

Happy driving! 

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Your headlines this afternoon

Richard Madden

BBC Radio Humberside

Here are the latest headlines across East Yorkshire & Humber:

  • A mum and her ex-partner have been found guilty of child cruelty and giving a Grimsby toddler drugs
  • It's one of their busiest nights of the year for the emergency services
  • Grimsby dance professionals Kevin and Joanne Clifton will be up against each other in the final of the biggest show on television, Strictly Come Dancing, this weekend

Defra investigating possible case of bird flu

Paul Murphy

BBC Look North

A Defra spokesperson said 'precautionary action' has been taken regarding the possible case of Bird flu. 

The affected site near Grimsby has been put under official restrictions and tests are underway.

They added 'measures to control the movement of poultry are part of a tried and tested approach to deal with such incidents.'

NSPCC: Poppy Widdison case 'defies belief'

The NSPCC has said it "defies belief" that anyone would give a child drugs, after a mother was convicted of child cruelty in Grimsby. 

Michala Pyke and her former partner John Rytting
BBC

Michala Pyke, 37, and her former partner John Rytting, 40, denied giving drugs to Poppy Widdison in the months before her death.  

The four-year-old died after collapsing at home in 2013.   

During the trial, Hull Crown Court heard Pyke and Rytting encouraged Poppy to take sedatives because they felt she was an inconvenience to their relationship.  

It defies belief that anyone would purposefully feed Class A drugs to a young child who would have been looking to the adults in her life for love and attention. The distressing evidence from this trial paints a picture of a young girl who was tragically viewed as an inconvenience."

Mother and ex-partner found guilty of giving toddler drugs

Richard Madden

BBC Radio Humberside

A mum and her ex-partner have been found guilty of child cruelty and giving a Grimsby toddler drugs which led to her death. 

Four-year-old Poppy Widdison collapsed and died in 2013 after suffering a heart attack. 

The three week trial at Hull Crown Court heard Poppy had ingested a variety of drugs for a period of up to six months before the incident including sedatives, heroin, methadone and ketamine.

Poppy Widdison
BBC

Michala Pyke of Ladysmith Road and her former partner John Rytting of Frederick Street had earlier pleaded guilty to other counts of child cruelty and drug offences. 

The pair have been remanded in custody and have warned they can expect a substantial prison term when they're sentenced in January.  

BreakingSuspected bird flu found on Grimsby farm

Paul Murphy

BBC Look North

A suspected case of bird flu has affected a commercial poultry farm in Grimsby, Lincolnshire.

Last week the government declared an influenza "prevention zone" which applies to the whole of England. 

For the following 30 days all poultry must be kept indoors, or kept separate from wild birds.  

Watch: Hull City Council needs to be applauded

David Burns

BBC Radio Humberside

The Hull East MP Karl Turner joined me outside the Houses of Parliament. He's proud his city won the bid to become City of Culture 2017. 

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BreakingMother found guilty of child cruelty

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

A mother and her partner have been found guilty of child cruelty after her four-year-old daughter collapsed at home in Grimsby. 

Poppy Widdison died after the incident in 2013.

Her mother Michala Pyke and her former partner John Rytting both admitted one child cruelty charge and drugs charges, but denied giving drugs to Poppy Widdison in the months before her death.

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Christmas jumpers at the ready

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

It's Christmas jumper day today - are you wearing yours? If so, email me your pictures and we'll share them!

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Yorkshire singers bid for Christmas Number One with a message

Len Tingle

Political Editor, BBC Look North

There's a chance that this year's chart-topping festive single will have a lot more to say than "Merry Christmas everyone".

Singing firefighters
BBC

At least three of the contenders for the 2016 "Christmas Number One" are hoping they will be sending their own more serious message from right here in Yorkshire.

It has to be said that as potential recording superstars they are an unlikely line-up.

They include former miners from Doncaster, South Yorkshire firefighters and friends of Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox, who was victim of an appalling hate crime. Read more in my latest blog.

Travel: Anlaby Road closed this evening

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Have a read if you're planning to travel down Anlaby Road this evening, closures are in place. 

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Shouting about Hull in the capital

David Burns

BBC Radio Humberside

I've been broadcasting this morning outside the Houses of Parliament in London, shouting about Hull. 

I've been joined by a few of the Hull 2017 City of Culture volunteers. They've been telling people why they should visit the city. 

Even the bobbies got told! Not sure if they even knew where Hull was.

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Your lunchtime headlines

Richard Madden

BBC Radio Humberside

Here are your latest headlines across East Yorkshire and Humber: 

  • The Director of Regeneration at Hull City Council says for the first time investors have approached the council about investing in the city rather than the other way round
  • A silent vigil is being held at the Paragon Interchange in Hull from 16:00 to show solidarity with those in Aleppo
  • Hull City Supporters Trust has backed a full boycott of next month's FA Cup game against Swansea

Woman assaulted in Bridlington

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Police are wanting to speak to anyone who may have seen a woman assaulted outside a house on Midway Avenue in Bridlington. 

The incident took place on Saturday 10 December. The woman suffered bruising to her arms and legs.

Watch: Actress Gemma Oaten sends a postcard from Hull

Clare Crooks

BBC Radio Humberside

Some well-known Hullensians have been sending virtual postcards from Hull to places across the UK.

Each one highlights a different aspect of the city they want others to discover and enjoy during our year in the spotlight. 

Today, it's hello to the rest of the country from one of Hull's best known soap actresses Gemma Oaten, who played Rachel Breckle on Emmerdale.

Weather: Staying cloudy through the day

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Staying mainly cloudy through the day with a risk of a few drizzly showers.

The occasional cloud may break and could allow for some sunny intervals.  

Highs of 9C.

WEATHER GRAPHIC
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Football: Hull City fans boycott Swansea game

Matt Dean

BBC Radio Humberside

Hull City Supporters Trust is backing a full boycott of the Swansea City FA Cup game

They want to get the message across that they are not happy with how the club is being run and the changes made to concession tickets.  

BBC Red Carpet Tour is coming to Hull

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

The BBC is wrapping up some festive viewing treats and hitting the road in the country’s only mobile cinema to bring a series of red carpet programme premieres to towns and cities in the North.

The 100-seat cinema will visit nine towns from 20 December, welcoming the New Year in Hull on 1 Januray. 

The public are invited to roll up, hit the red carpet and enjoy a festive feast of BBC viewing from the comfort of the movie mobile.

For more information and to apply for tickets all the information you need is here

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Police recruit additional officers to deal with domestic abuse

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

During the festive period, police across the region see a rise in the number of calls relating to domestic abuse.

This year, Humberside Police will have additional, specially trained officers. Over Christmas and New Year they will work with local support agencies to respond to any calls or incidents.

Whether physical, emotional or controlling behaviour, domestic abuse is not acceptable and we, along with our partners in the local authority and voluntary sector, are here to help.

Phil GaddDetective Chief Inspector

If you are being abused or worried about someone you know, help and support is available from the following agencies:

  • East Riding Domestic Violence Abuse Project (DVAP) on 01482 396330
  • Hull Domestic Abuse Project (DAP) on 01482 318759
  • Blue Door for North and North East Lincolnshire on 0800 1974787
  • Confidential advice is also available from the National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, on 0808 2000 247

Watch: Amy Johnson inspires women to fly

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Across the world 19 out of every 20 pilots are men. Airline Easyjet are trying to change that, they want to give more women the opportunity to earn their wings.

They're hoping one of Hull's finest will be a great inspiration...

Your headlines this morning

Natalie Glanvill

Reporter BBC Radio Humberside

Here are the latest headlines across East Yorkshire and Humber:

ELO head to Hull

Natalie Glanvill

Reporter BBC Radio Humberside

Tickets for the ELO concert at Hull's KCOM Stadium will go on sale at 10am this morning. 

Jeff Lynne and the rest of the group will perform at the venue on 1 July next year, as part of the City of Culture celebrations. 

Elo
BBC

A tour of the accents of the North

Vicky Johnson

BBC Look North

Dialect coach Elspeth Morrison presents a tour of the accents of the North. She's pretty good, and almost got Hull! 

What do you think?

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Watch: From the classroom to the charts

Katy Austin

BBC Look North

Lots of English teachers combine their careers in the classroom with writing books or poetry but there can't be many who are also successful rap musicians.

Luke Chambers works with students at Hull's Sirius Academy, but after class Mr Chambers turns into Nineties Boy

He's just released his first album and he's been explaining how he combines rapping and teaching.   

Emergency services prepare for busiest night of the year

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

It's a popular night for office parties and people starting their Christmas celebrations. Maybe you're heading out after work with your colleagues?

However, it's also expected to be one of the busiest nights for our emergency services. 

Last Year, Yorkshire Ambulance Service dealt with more than 1,300 call outs. 

Locality Director Vince Larvin told BBC Radio Humberside people need to be careful this evening.

Grimsby Strictly stars head to the final

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Could one of the Grimsby siblings lift the Glitterball Trophy?

Kevin and Joanne Clifton will be up against each other in the final of Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.

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Listen: Investors want to put their money into Hull

Sarah Sanderson

Political Reporter East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

The fireworks are primed, the champagne is on ice. In just over two weeks, Hull officially becomes the UK City of Culture 2017

Several big investors have shown an interest in putting their money into future projects in the city. 

It's thought this is the result of City of Culture and business developments in the area such as Siemens. 

I've been speaking to the Director of Regeneration at Hull City Council, Mark Jones. 

Your morning headlines

Natalie Glanvill

Reporter BBC Radio Humberside

Here are the headlines across East Yorkshire & Humber:

  • Council leaders in Hull say several big investors have approached the authority and are keen to invest in the city
  • A vigil is being held at the Paragon Interchange in Hull today to remember those trapped in Aleppo
  • It's one of the busiest nights of the year for the emergency services as office parties go out drinking and people start their festive celebrations

Weather: A cloudy and grey start

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Generally dry but cloudy, with mist and fog clearing through the morning. 

Some brighter spells possible later but also the chance of an isolated shower. 

Maximum temperature 9C. 

Our live coverage across East Yorkshire and the Humber

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Good morning and welcome to today's live feed across East Yorkshire and the Humber on Friday 16 December 2016. 

I'll be with you until 18:00 with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

If there's anything you'd like to get in touch with me about, you can do so via email, facebook and twitter.

And, its Christmas jumper day, are you wearing yours? If so send me your pictures. Here's the BBC Radio Humberside breakfast team in their festive knits. 

Christmas jumpers
BBC

Poets sing Hull's praises

The band Little Machine perform their song about Hull
As Hull is the UK CIty of Culture next year, the band Little Machine have written a song celebrating the city and the talent that's emerged from it.

(Photo + Credit: Little Machine)

Five things we learned today

Gill Sennett

BBC Radio Humberside

That's all from me for today.

We'll be back tomorrow morning at 08:00, but your breaking news and travel will continue throughout the night.

Before I go, lets have a look back at five things we didn't know this morning:

Chris Evans
BBC
Even BBC Radio 2's breakfast presenter Chris Evans is talking about Hull 2017.

Headlines across Hull and East Yorkshire

Richard Madden

BBC Radio Humberside

Your early evening headlines from across East Yorkshire and the Humber:

Claire Clappison
BBC

Travel: Accident on M18 southbound

BBC Travel

There is very slow traffic on the M18 southbound between J4 A630 (West Moor) and J3 A6182 (St Catherines) because of an accident.

Map of area
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