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Summary

  1. £500k worth of drugs found in East Yorkshire prison
  2. Homelessness doubles in North East Lincolnshire
  3. Proposed design for new Grimsby Town stadium unveiled
  4. Yorkshire and Humber targeted in £60m bid 'to tackle second homes problem'
  5. Live updates on Friday 23 December 2016

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By Folarin Sagaya

All times stated are UK

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Five things we learned today

Before I leave you, here is a quick look at five things we didn't know when we woke up this morning:

That's all from me today, have a lovely Christmas!

Hull landlord fined for attempting to evict tenant illegally

A landlord has been fined nearly £900 at Hull Magistrates' Court for attempting an illegal eviction. 

In December 2015, Norman Porter, from Hull, turned off the electricity supply to a rented flat, leaving his tenant without heating, hot water, lighting or cooking facilities for at least two days.

Porter had pleaded guilty under the Protection from Eviction Act "of committing acts likely to interfere with the peace or comfort of the residential occupier".

Anybody taking on the role of landlord needs to be fully aware of their responsibilities under the law. There is a legal process that must be followed to evict a tenant rather than the landlord resorting to unacceptable, unlawful behaviour."

Councillor John BlackPortfolio holder for housing at Hull City Council

Watch: Hull City boss on contract negotiations

Matt Dean

BBC Radio Humberside

Hull City have activated contract extensions for several players including Robert Snodgrass who's been linked with a move away from the club. 

Speaking at this morning's press conference ahead of the Boxing Day match against Manchester City, Mike Phelan said he's determined to keep players at the club during the January transfer window.

Listen: 'We'd be wrong if we didn't prepare for the worst' - energy company on Storm Barbara

Natalie Glanvill

Reporter BBC Radio Humberside

With Storm Barbara looming large this afternoon, potentially bringing severe gales and gusts of up to 70mph, Northern Powergrid is preparing for the worst should our region be hit. 

The company delivers electricity to homes and businesses across the area.

Geoff Earl, director of safety, health and environment, says their customers should be reassured that they are ready to deal with any problems.

Rough sleepers 'urinated on' by public, survey finds

Rough sleepers have described being urinated on, having belongings stolen and being sexually assaulted while living on the streets.

Rough sleeper
Sam Mellish

Homeless charity Crisis said of 458 street sleepers it interviewed in England and Wales, 80% had suffered an attack or abuse in 2016.

More than half said they did not report crimes, as many believed that the police would not be able to help them.  

Gary, who has slept rough in Yorkshire, told Crisis he feared gangs of youths who would roam the streets in the early hours.

"Anyone sleeping in the shop door was done. They used to brick them or worse still - a couple of lads that were sleeping on the streets with me got knifed while they were asleep."

Yorkshire and Humber targeted in £60m bid 'to tackle second homes problem'

Yorkshire and the Humber are to be targeted as part of a new £60m annual fund set up by the government to help areas of England with high levels of second-home ownership to "tackle the problem".

Builder on roof
PA

The money, to be shared by 150 councils over five years, will go into providing "affordable" housing for first-time buyers in places where demand is high.

The money has been raised through increases in stamp duty.

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell said this would help those who struggle to get permanent accommodation.  

Yorkshire and the Humber will get £6m, the South East will get £11m, the East of England almost £9m and the North West almost £6m.

Robert Snodgrass celebrates a goal

Hull City announces it has "exercised its option" to extend the contracts of six key players at the club.

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Listen: Ice rink row over new Grimsby Town stadium

BBC Radio Humberside

An owner of Grimsby Town Football Club says a new ice rink planned for the club's new £55m stadium complex was not designed to replace the old one.

Property developers Extreme Leisure revealed plans for the new 14,000-seater stadium this morning, and as well as restaurants and shops, it also features an ice rink.

Two days ago, councillors in North East Lincolnshire voted to shut Grimsby's 40-year-old ice arena, which they claim is operating at a loss, despite strong opposition from local groups.

Majority shareholder for the football club, John Fenty, says closing the old ice rink to make way for a new one was never the plan:

This afternoon's weather forecast

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll become very windy this afternoon with rain spreading and becoming heavy and persistent.

This will be accompanied by very strong, gusty winds with gales in exposed areas.

Rain clearing to east by evening with winds becoming less strong.  

Weather graphic
BBC

Your headlines this lunctime

Sally Fairfax

BBC Radio Humberside News

Here are the latest headlines from across the East Yorkshire and Humber area this lunchtime:

East Yorkshire hospital ward wins festive award

A hospital ward in East Yorkshire is this year's winner of a special accolade for being the most festive this Christmas.

Exterior of Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham
Google

Ward 11 at Castle Hill in Cottingham has been given the Dr Hermon Cup, first awarded back in 1938

The cup was only rediscovered after being found in the archives recently.

Stay connected with Hull City of Culture

Have you been wondering how you'll stay up-to-date with anything and everything to do with Hull City of Culture in 2017?

Look no further than the BBC's Hull 2017 page which is now up-and-running, and which will have dedicated coverage throughout the year.

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Yorkshire MPs widower to record alternative Christmas message

The widower of murdered Yorkshire MP Jo Cox will deliver this year's alternative Christmas message on Channel 4.  

Brendan Cox
Channel 4

Brendan Cox will call for an end to the "rise of hatred" in the broadcast on 25 December.

He will also pay tribute to his wife and discuss the "awful year for our family" in the pre-recorded message.

Mr Cox will also tell viewers that now is the "moment to reach out to somebody that might disagree with us".

Mrs Cox was shot and stabbed to death by Thomas Mair in her Batley and Spen constituency in June.

Listen: Homelessness doubles in North East Lincolnshire

BBC Radio Humberside

The number of people who are homeless in North East Lincolnshire has almost doubled this year, according to the official government count.

The Harbour Place Day Centre in Grimsby assists the homeless and staff there say they've also helped 110 people find accommodation.

Dave Carlisle, who manages the centre, says without the help from other agencies the figure would be higher:

'We will keep fighting'

Hull City v Man City (Monday, 17:15 GMT)

Hull City

Michael Dawson of Hull City
Getty Images

Hull City are bottom of the Premier League table at Christmas and face a tough Boxing Day home game with title-chasing Manchester City.

Skipper Michael Dawson insists his team-mates are not feeling sorry for themselves.

"We just haven’t had the rub of the green really. Unfortunately football can be cruel like that at times," he says.

"The Premier League is hard, but we deserve to be here after what we did in the Championship. We will keep on fighting.”

Orange barriers finally disappearing from Hull city centre

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Radio Humberside

They've been there for months, and to be fair they aren't quite gone yet, but there are definitely fewer of them around:

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Yorkshire and Humber targeted in £60m bid 'to tackle second homes problem'

Yorkshire and the Humber are to be targeted as part of a new £60m annual fund set up by the government to help areas of England with high levels of second-home ownership to "tackle the problem".  

Builder
PA

The money, to be shared by 150 councils over five years, will go into providing "affordable" housing for first-time buyers in places where demand is high.

The money has been raised through increases in stamp duty.

Housing Minister Gavin Barwell said this would help those who struggle to get permanent accommodation.  

Yorkshire and the Humber will get £6m, the South East will get £11m, the East of England almost £9m and the North West almost £6m.

In pictures: Wispy clouds caught on camera over Keelby

BBC Weather Watchers

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher susieshine for this fantastic wispy cloud picture from Keelby.

Remember you can get in touch with your weather pictures from acoss East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire emailFacebook or Twitter

Keelby
BBC Weather Watchers

£500k worth of drugs found in East Yorkshire prison

Around half a million pounds' worth of drugs have been found at HMP Humber in just three months.

HMP Humber sign
BBC

The contraband was found following intelligence-led searches since October, according to the Ministry of Justice.

The availability of drugs within the prison was said to be far too high in a report into the jail published last year. 

Proposed design for new Grimsby Town stadium unveiled

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Plans for Grimsby Town's £55m new stadium have been revealed this morning.

Image of proposed Grimsby Town stadium
Extreme International

Extreme Leisure is leading the project to build a 14,000-seater stadium on the town's Peaks Parkway.   

A new ice rink, restaurants, shops and housing are included in the proposal which is due to go before the council's cabinet next month.  

Your headlines this morning

Sally Fairfax

BBC Radio Humberside News

Here are the latest headlines from across the East Yorkshire and Humber area:

  • Around half a million pounds' worth of drugs have been recovered from an East Yorkshire prison since October
  • Homeless figures have more than doubled in North East Lincolnshire this year, following the official government count
  • Plans for Grimsby Town's £55m community stadium leisure complex are revealed this morning - and they include an ice rink 

Traffic and travel: Some congestion on A63 in Hull

BBC Travel

There are currently reports of slow traffic westbound on Ferensway:

Map of Hull showing traffic
BBC

Watch: Friday's forecast for East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be a very windy day across the region as Storm Barbara approaches. Do take care, especially if you're travelling. from the west. 

It'll be largely dry this morning, but we'll see outbreaks of rain slowly spread southwards, the rain patchy at first but becoming heavier throughout the afternoon. 

Blustery conditions this afternoon with gale or severe gale force winds, and highs of 10C (50F). 

Watch my forecast here:

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Folarin Sagaya

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Hello and welcome to today's live feed across East Yorkshire and the Humber on Friday 23 December 2016.

I'm Folarin and I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport and travel from across the area throughout the day until 18:00.

Please get in touch and let us know what's happening where you are by emailFacebook or Twitter.

Five things we learned today

Clare Crooks

BBC Radio Humberside

That's all from me today but breaking news and travel will continue throughout the night.

Before I leave you, here is a quick look at five things we didn't know when we woke up this morning:

Watch: Here's what's coming up on the programme tonight

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Travel the world without leaving Hull

Clare Crooks

BBC Radio Humberside

If you're as big a fan of travel and photography as me you'll want to get this in your diary.

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Listen: First-hand experience led to a campaign to help Hull's A&E

Andy Comfort

BBC Radio Humberside

A Hull journalist has told me how she started a campaign to help the city's A&E after seeing first-hand how people are using it when they don't need to.

Allison Coggan is Hull Daily Mail's health reporter and has the backing of the three Hull MP's Alan Johnson, Diana Johnson and Karl Turner.

She says people need to know where they should be going instead:

Traffic and travel across Lincolnshire: Grimsby accident

BBC Travel

Corporation Road in Grimsby's closed and there's slow traffic in both directions between the Gilbey Road junction and the Fisherman's Wharf junction because of a serious accident. 

This is also affecting Pyewipe Road between Westgate Roundabout and Lord Street.  

map
BBC

Traffic and travel: Congestion warning to drivers

BBC Travel

There is heavier than usual congestion and queuing traffic on A18 westbound in Scunthorpe at the A1029 Brigg Road junction.

Headlines across East Yorkshire & Humber

Gill Sennett

BBC Radio Humberside

This afternoon's headlines across East Yorkshire & Humber include:

  • Humberside Police say they've made plans to keep people safe during major City of Culture events
  • A Hull journalist says she's seen first hand how people are using A&E when they don't need to
  • Figures show 53 Syrian refugees have so far settled into our region

Watch: Humberside Police on security measures

Victoria Holland

BBC Look North

Police officers in Hull are gearing up for major events marking the City of Culture year.

I spoke to Assistant Chief Constable Andy McDyer, who is in charge of policing for the City of Culture and asked him what preparations the force had put in place:

Candid warning: Don't run red lights - you're on camera

Gill Sennett

BBC Radio Humberside

You shouldn't run through red lights anyway but drivers will need to be extra careful in Hull soon.

The council is looking to begin a trial use of cameras and fine drivers who run through red lights.

Red traffic light
BBC

If people are aware that if they go through a red light they may get a penalty they may take more notice of the traffic signals. We need to get motorists to think more about what they're doing when they're driving around the city."

Councillor Martin ManceyHull City Council

Virtually walking the plank - almost

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Radio Humberside

It was scary OK!

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Homeless man banned from begging in Hull

Clare Crooks

BBC Radio Humberside

A homeless man in Hull has been issued with the city's first Criminal Behaviour Order.

James Burnham was given the order for persistent begging. 

The CBO lasts for two years and prohibits him from being in the Mount Pleasant Retail Park on Holderness Road and South Street or from begging anywhere in the city.

The council says it demonstrates that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.

Begger
PA

We take our responsibility to the residents of this city extremely seriously and will use the powers available to us to allow people to shop and live in peace in their own neighbourhood without the fear of anti-social behaviour.”

Councillor Alan ClarkHull City Council

What do you think: Percy the cat memorial?

David Burns

BBC Radio Humberside

Poor old Percy has passed away.

He was a well-known resident of Newland Avenue in Hull.

Now the RSPCA is suggesting there should be a statue to remember him.

I think it's a nice idea. What do you think?

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Winter delight: Bright in Beverley

BBC Weather Watchers

What a lovely bright sky in Beverley this morning.

This was snapped by nick hedges who says there are sunny intervals there.

Beverley
BBC Weather Watchers

Listen: Unexpected noises in the bombing area

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Radio Humberside

The people of Cowden have been in touch with the Burnsy show

They've had enough of the noise and the disturbance from the nearby Ministry of Defence bombing range. 

So I've been to find out why they want the MoD to quieten down a bit:

Walking home for Christmas

Clare Crooks

BBC Radio Humberside

Meet Captain Adam Hugill (pictured), a member of the Yorkshire Regiment.

He is currently walking more than 200 miles from Warminster in Wiltshire to Beverley in time for Christmas.

Adam Hugill
Adam Hugill

It's for charity of course!

He's raising money for "Walking With The Wounded" which helps physically or mentally injured veterans get back into work.