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  1. Man hurt in fire and explosion at Hull flat dies from injuries
  2. Farmer, 83, who shot man in foot acquitted
  3. Live updates on Friday 10 March 2017

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By Clare Crooks

All times stated are UK

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Albert Kelly

Albert Kelly's two tries help Hull FC overcome a battling St Helens in a fiery encounter at the KCOM Stadium.

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Five things we've learned today

Clare Crooks

BBC Local Live, Hull

Where did the week go? That's all from us here until Monday morning at 08:00.

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

  1. A farmer has been  cleared over a shooting
  2. The Hull flats  blast sadly proved fatal
  3. A special memorial bench finally rests i n place
  4. Chief Constable wanted for our area
  5. And like we didn't already know... Hull  is a great place to live!
Blade in Hull's Queen Victoria Square

Enjoy your weekend!

Watch: Staying dry and cloudy

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a cloudy but mainly dry and a mild night.

Here's my full forecast:  

How WOW are you?

Anne-Marie Tasker

BBC Look North

These are a bit WOW!

Welly boots with flowers in

They are on display at Hull City Hall for the City of Culture's Women of the World festival this weekend. 

Trailblazing women from Hull are being celebrated during the event which is one of a series taking place around the world.

It has everything from a red carpet film screening and debates to a live performance from Hull actors Maureen Lipman and Lucy Beaumont.

Do you know any of these people?

Clare Crooks

BBC Local Live, Hull

Police have released CCTV images of people they want to talk to following a serious assault in Hull on Sunday 26 February.

CCTV image
Humberside Police

An 18-year-old man was outside Piper Night club on Newland Avenue when another man took exception to something he said and along with a second man assaulted the victim leaving him unconscious.

Listen: 'Still time to talk' ahead of Northern rail strike

Clare Crooks

BBC Local Live, Hull

The Transport Minister Andrew Jones has called for fresh talks to try to prevent Monday's rail strike in our area.

The RMT union's called industrial action over Northern's plans to introduce trains where drivers, not guards, are responsible for opening and closing the doors.

But Mr Jones says RMT union members are wrong to go ahead with a walk out when only 40% of services are expected to run and the two sides should "sit down and talk":

Your latest headlines

Richard Madden

BBC Radio Humberside

The top stories across East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire include:

Grimsby stadium plans to be revisited

Lara King

North East Lincolnshire reporter

A decision last week on plans for a new community stadium in Grimsby will have to be looked at again.

Artist's impression of the stadium plans
Extreme Leisure

Last week cabinet members in North East Lincolnshire supported a recommendation for Grimsby Town and their developers to purchase council-owned land on Peaks Parkway. 

But that decision has now been called in by two Liberal Democrat councillors which means it'll have to be discussed again.

House fire

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries in the Hull fire and explosion, Humberside Fire and Rescue say.

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Great grey day

BBC Weather Watchers

We're afraid it's looking rather grey out there after that fabulous start this morning.

Weather Watcher  Dimplayer took this picture of low tide at the Humber Bridge and says it's all grey skies, grey mud and grey water!

Low tide on the Humber
BBC Weather Watchers

BreakingMan hurt in Hull blast dies from injuries

Clare Crooks

BBC Local Live, Hull

A 31-year-old man has died at Hull Royal Infirmary following a serious house fire at a flat in Hull this morning. 

The incident is not being treated as suspicious.

Front of house blown out by explosion

Farmer cleared over shooting says it shouldn't have got to court

Clare Crooks

BBC Local Live, Hull

An 83-year-old farmer, who's been cleared over shooting a man on his land , has said he doesn't think he should have been prosecuted in the first place.

Speaking outside court, Mr Hugill said he was very pleased with the verdict but that he didn't feel his prosecution was justified.

Kenneth Hugill
Richard Dean

The Crown Prosecution Service has released a statement in the wake of family criticism about the Kenneth Hugill case:

We considered all the evidence in this case extremely carefully, and took full account of the situation Mr Hugill found himself in that evening. We are satisfied that there was sufficient evidence to put the matter before a court and that it was in the public interest to do so. The jury has now returned their verdict and we respect their decision.”

Gerry Wareham Chief Crown Prosecutor for Yorkshire and Humberside

Special Hull screening of film director's latest release

Clare Crooks

BBC Local Live, Hull

Critically acclaimed film director Gurinder Chadha is in Hull this weekend for a red-carpet film screening of her new film.  

Gurinder Chadha
Getty Images

Viceroy’s House. stars Gillian Anderson and Hugh Bonneville and tells the story of the last days of British rule as seen through the eyes of Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy and the person charged with handing India back to her people.

Viceroy's House
Hull 2017

It will be the closing event of the WOW (Women of the World) festival on Sunday March 12.

A floating flood

Andy Comfort

BBC Radio Humberside

Floating stages are appearing in Hull's Victoria Dock for Slung Low 's sold out performances next month.

Flood: Abundance (Part 2) is part of a year-long epic commissioned for Hull 2017.

floating stage

Recruitment for new Chief Constable

Clare Crooks

BBC Local Live, Hull

Are you an exceptional individual with the appropriate experience, ambition and vision to lead Humberside Police?

The job advert for the top job at Humberside Police we told you about earlier is now up on the Police and Crime Commissioner's website .

Cheif Constable insignia
Humberside Police

The closing date for applications is midnight on 2 April 2017.

Guess where's a great place to live?

Clare Crooks

BBC Local Live, Hull

Hull has made it on to the Sunday Times Best Places To Live guide which will be published this weekend.


The city is listed among 15 in the north that have been chosen by a panel of judges based on quality of life, community spirit and attractive outdoor spaces.

Weather: Here's how the afternoon is looking

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Mild with most places staying dry and despite there being a lot of cloud it will appear bright at times. 

Highs of 12C (54F).

Weather graphic

East Yorkshire farmer who shot a man in the foot acquitted

Clare Crooks

BBC Local Live, Hull

An elderly East Yorkshire farmer who shot a man in the foot has been cleared of all charges at Hull Crown Court.

Eighty-three-year-old Kenneth Hugill was accused of causing grievous bodily harm.

Kenneth Hugill
Richard Dean

The Wilberfoss farmer denied the charges against him after he shot Richard Stables in the foot in darkness thinking he was a burglar. 

The pensioner admitted firing the gun twice after he was woken in the night by lights shining through his window. Mr Stables claimed he and a friend had mistakenly driven onto the farm after getting lost on their way to Bridlington. 

Today at Hull Crown Court it took a jury just 24 minutes to return their verdict and find Mr Hugill not guilty.

I'm on Radio 4!

Lizzie Rose

BBC Radio Humberside

Here's the line up of guests (including me in the middle there!) contributing to Woman's Hour today as part of the first Women of the World Festival being held in Hull.

Woman's Hour in Hull

Jessica's bench now in place

James Piekos

Reporter, BBC Hull and East Yorkshire

You may remember the memorial bench that Jessica Lawson's family campaigned for outside her primary school in Kirk Ella.

Well here it is, finally in place.

Jessica's bench

Westella and Kirk Ella parish council initially rejected the black and red colour scheme for the bench - you might remember the "Disneyland" comment.

But East Riding Council made it happen. This is the plaque:

Plaque on the bench

Jessica, who was a student at Wolfreton School, died during a school trip to France.

Construction workers recreate famous photo at Hull New Theatre

Clare Crooks

BBC Local Live, Hull

Can you tell the difference? 

One was taken during the building of the Rockefeller Center in 1932 and the other during the refurbishment of Hull New Theatre 2017!

Construction workers perch on stage for picture

Even though the stage is nowhere near as high as a skyscraper, Sewell Group staff had a good go a recreating this famous image called Lunch Atop A Skyscraper.

Hull New Theatre is due to re-open in September.

Chief Constable wanted

Clare Crooks

BBC Local Live, Hull

Do you have what it takes to lead a police force? 

Then this might be for you - the job advert for a new Chief Constable of Humberside Police will be posted on the Police and Crime Commissioner's website from midday.


The position became available after  Justine Curran stood down last month  when a staff survey of the force also revealed a complete lack of confidence in the leadership. 

Inquiry under way into flat fire and explosion

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service say they’re working with gas officials and Humberside Police to establish the cause of an explosion and fire in Hull this morning.

A man has been left seriously injured in the blaze, which  broke out at a building of five flats on Beverley Road  soon after 06:00.

Two fire officers also suffered minor injuries in the incident.

Resident Vitalijus Lisauskas, who lives in the top floor flat, says he believes the explosion was a result of a gas leak.

Vitalijus Lisauskas

The fire was in one of the downstairs flats and luckily we exited out of the building as it happened. Then it just exploded... knocking off the window and the one above it as well. It looked like a fireball, in a split second it went boom. Think it was a gas leak... or some kind of gas substance."

Vitalijus LisauskasResident

Sheffield man banned from football for six years

A Sheffield man has been given a six-year football banning order and imprisoned for his role in trouble after Sheffield United played Grimsby Town in July.

Derem Smith
Humberside Police

Derem Smith, 28, of Bridby Street, Sheffield, was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer following the match on Saturday 23 July and handed a 56-day prison sentence..

Smith appeared at Grimsby Magistrates' Court for sentencing on Monday after previously being found guilty at court last month. He was also made to pay £100 compensation.

It is completely unacceptable that our officer was assaulted in this incident while on duty protecting and serving the community."

Supt Dave Hall

Radio 4's Woman's Hour comes to Hull

Jenni Murray

Woman's Hour

We're here at St Mary's College in Hull!

And ready for a live programme at 10:00 from the first WOW Hull (Women of the World) Fesitval.

We'll be discussing life for women in Hull today and I'll be joined by BBC Radio Humberside's breakfast presenter Lizzie Rose.

Woman's Hour in Hull

Congestion relief for A63

Clare Crooks

BBC Local Live, Hull

The government has announced £6.35m will be spent on improving the Garrison Road stretch of the A63 in Hull.

Garrison Road

Work will start in the Autumn of 2018 and should be finished a year and half later.

Listen: Residents describe explosion in Hull

Amanda White

BBC East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

I've been talking to residents from the flats in Hull where the explosion happened this morning. 

They've been describing what they saw.

Officers were called to the scene  on Beverley Road not far from the Hull and East Riding Institute of the Blind at about 06:25 this morning.

It's left a man in hospital with serious injuries. Fire officers at the scene have also told me two firefighters were injured in the incident. Earlier police reported three.

Your headlines this morning

Sally Fairfax

BBC Radio Humberside

The top stories from across northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire include:

  • A man is in hospital with serious injuries following a fire and explosion at a flat in Hull
  • The government is pledging millions of pounds to improve congestion on a main road in Hull
  • Hull's community spirit and civic pride has helped put the city on the Sunday Times Best Places To Live list
Firefighters at scene of explosion

Car park closure

Clare Crooks

BBC Local Live, Hull

George Street car park is currently closed due to a power failure. 

Motorists are advised to seek alternative parking.

George Street car park

Watch: Most places staying dry

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Chilly with some early brightness in the east at first, but turning mild with cloud thickening from the west through the morning.

Here's the full forecast:

Serious house fire and explosion

James Piekos

Reporter, BBC Hull and East Yorkshire

This is the scene of the explosion on Hull's Beverley Road now. 

One man was seriously injured and three firefighters are believed to have been slightly hurt in the incident which happened at about 06:20 this morning.

The road is open again now but firefighters remain and an investigation into the cause of the fire is getting underway.

Firefighters at the scene of explosion on Beverley Road

Watch: Scene of the explosion in Hull

James Piekos

Reporter, BBC Hull and East Yorkshire

Here's the scene this morning following a flat fire and subsequent explosion on Beverley Road.

A man was seriously injured and three fire officers are thought to have been slightly hurt dealing with the incident. 

The road has reopened now and the cordon is coming down.

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Severe disruption: A1079 East Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1079 East Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between A1165 Clough Road and Grafton Street.

A1079 East Yorkshire - A1079 Beverley Road in Hull closed in both directions between the A1165 Clough Road junction and the Grafton Street junction, because of building exposition. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Man and firefighters injured in Hull explosion

James Piekos

Reporter, BBC Hull and East Yorkshire

A man has been seriously injured in a house fire and explosion on Beverley Road, Hull this morning.

I'm here at the scene at the junction of Clough Road where it remains closed off.

Fire engines on Beverley Road

Three fire officers are thought that have been injured slightly following the incident which happened around 06:20.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. A cordon is in place and an investigation will be carried out.

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Clare Crooks

BBC Local Live, Hull

Welcome to today's live coverage across East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire on Friday 10 March.

I'm Clare and I'll be bringng you all your latest news, travel, weather and sport throughout the day.

What a spectacular sunrise this morning!

BBC Weather Watchers

If you'd like to share a picture or story today do get in touch with us via  emailFacebook  or  Twitter

Five things we've learned today

Clare Crooks

BBC Local Live, Hull

That's it from us for today but news and travel updates will continue to update here throughout the night and we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

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

  1. Ross Tiger is in need of TLC
  2. More women are needed in engineering
  3. Buried treasure is lost no more
  4. Boys and their 'Brownlee brothers moment '
  5. Pioneering Hull musician to be honored
Sunny photos from the area
BBC Weather Watchers

What a beautiful afternoon it has been. Have a good evening!

Watch: Coming up on the programme

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Cycle lanes, Bailgate in Lincoln, women in engineering, old Hull pics and a lovely story of two schoolboys.

Don't miss it!

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Appeal to locate Good Samaritans

Clare Crooks

BBC Local Live, Hull

CCTV images have been released by police following an unreported robbery in Grimsby in Sunday, 26 February. 

The man below is the victim - police say he was assulted by someone who stole items from his pockets on the forecourt at the Esso Petrol Station on Albion Street at around 01:50.

CCTV image of victim
Humberside Police

These two men came to his aid:

CCTV images of two men
Humberside Police

The victim and Good Samaritans are being urged to call police after a man was implicated for the incident.

Watch: Dry with clear periods

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Here's my full forecast: