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  1. Air ambulance allowed to carry blood on flights
  2. MPs call for more funding to help sexual violence victims
  3. Final preparations for Hull New Theatre reopening
  4. Replacements found after two headliners pull out of Hull Trinity festival
  5. Big beach clean-up planned for Bridlington and Hessle Foreshore
  6. Updates on Friday 15 September 2017

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By Kimberley Metcalfe

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David Meyler celebrates

David Meyler's late strike rescues a deserved point for Hull City in their Championship game against Sunderland.

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Today's top stories

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live

Thank you for joining me today.

We'll be back on Monday morning from 08:00 with all the latest news, travel, weather and sport updates from across East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.

Meanwhile, lets have a look at some of our top stories today

  1. Hull New Theatre will have its opening gala tomorrow after a multi-million pound refurbishment
  2. Two local MPs are calling for more funding to help victims of sexual violence
  3. Our region's Air Ambulance becomes one of the first service in the country to carry blood on board
  4. GP surgeries in Bridlington stop accepting new patients until at least the end of November
  5. A new BBC programme is to look at the life of Philip Larkin using his own photographs

East Yorkshire charity seeks volunteers to look after assistance dogs

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live

An East Yorkshire-based charity is looking for volunteers to look after "assistance dogs" while they're being trained.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People provides assistance dogs which alert their deaf owners when the alarm clock goes off, the doorbell rings and in a host of other situations.

The charity says providing an assistance dog to a deaf person can be a life-changing experience.

If you need any more persuasion, just watch this video for some furry cuteness:

Watch: This evening's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There'll be variable cloud with some clear spells this evening.

Showers will spread from the north again overnight, most frequent in the east.

Here's my full forecast:

All aboard for Hull's cruise terminal, says council leader

David Harrison

BBC Radio Humberside

Plans to build a cruise terminal in Hull are developing quickly, according to the leader of the city council Stephen Brady.

Artist's impression of cruise terminal
Hull City Council

All Yorkshire's councils are on board with the idea with the feeling that it's "essential" for the north of England, Mr Brady's told the BBC.

"Detailed discussions" with ministers are under way, with the authority set to give a detailed funding bid to the government over the planned terminal in the next few months, he adds.

East Yorkshire taxi company's licence revoked

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Local Live

A taxi firm in East Yorkshire has closed after the council revoked its operating licence over "safeguarding and public protection" issues.


Q Cars in Bridlington initially had its licence suspended by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in February, but continued to operate pending an appeal.

The taxi firm withdrew its legal action at Hull Magistrates' Court against the council's decision.

The BBC has been unable to contact the firm for a comment.

Shaun Marsh

Yorkshire have two matches left to try to avoid relegation from Division One after the game against Surrey ends in a draw.

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Scam warning over 'council' calls

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live

North Lincolnshire Council's tweeted to say it's not carrying out any work on Manor Road in Bottesford.

It comes after residents said they'd received calls from someone claiming to be from the council saying tests needed to be carried out on walls - and then asking for personal details:

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Heading for Hull: Royal Ballet comes to UK's City of Culture

Victoria Holland

Journalist, BBC Look North

It's just 24 hours until a production by the world famous Royal Ballet marks the reopening of Hull's New Theatre.

Over the past 21 months, the theatre's undergone a £16m refurbishment, including the creation of a 90ft-high extension back stage.

Tomorrow night, members of the audience will take their seats for the gala opening of the new-look New Theatre:

Heavy traffic around Newland Avenue in Hull

BBC News Travel

There are currently problems with heavy traffic around Newland Avenue in Hull.

Hull City Council's carrying out resurfacing works there at at the moment and the work's set to last for several weeks.

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Hull City head coach speaks about poor performance

BBC Sport

Hull City head coach Leonid Slutsky has blamed their poor start to the season on the significant turnover of players at the club.

His side is closer to the relegation places than the play-off spots in the Championship as they prepare to host another struggling club in Sunderland tomorrow, having lost four of their last five league matches:

Safety advice for students ahead of freshers week

At the start of next week thousands of students will be welcomed to Hull ahead of the start of the academic year.

Humberside Police are raising awareness of personal safety, the importance of registering property and burglary prevention.

They'll be meeting students and handing out student survival handbooks with all the information and advice they need:

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GP surgeries in Bridlington stop accepting new patients

Jo Makel

BBC Look North

GP surgeries in Bridlington have been forced to close their lists to new patients because of the amount of pressure on doctors in the area.

Doctor's surgery

It's affecting eight surgeries in the town and is expected to last until the end of November.

NHS England says it's funding the recruitment of GPs from overseas to the area and will help anyone having difficulty registering to find a doctor.

Your headlines this lunchtime

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Local Live

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

  • The Home Office will be asked to provide funding to support victims of rape and sexual assault in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire
  • Two of the three headliners of the upcoming Hull Trinity Festival have had to pull out of the event
  • The Hindu community will come together this weekend to celebrate everything Indian in Hull

Latest weather forecast

BBC Weather

After an early band of cloud and showery rain clearing south, then a period of mostly dry and sunny conditions to follow.

However, scattered showers will develop later, but sunshine expected in between.

Highs of 15C.

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Listen: Two headliners pull out of Hull Trinity festival

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Local Live

Two of the three headline acts for the upcoming Hull Trinity Festival have had to pull out of the event.

Little Barrie cancelled their UK tour after the sudden death of their drummer, while The Ordinary Boys have called off shows after singer Samuel Preston fell off a balcony and was seriously hurt.

Hull BID is organising the festival on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September and City Centre Manager Kathryn Shillito says alternative plans have now been made:

Watch: Through the lens of Larkin

The life and loves of Philip Larkin, one of the 20th century's greatest British poets and a librarian at Hull University from the 1950s until his death in the mid-1980s, are to be examined in a new BBC programme.

Throughout his life, Larkin recorded the people and events around him and took scores of self-portraits.

In a new programme on BBC One next Wednesday at 19:30, poet and academic John Wedgwood Clarke looks through over 5,000 photos found after Larkin's death in 1985:

Listen: Blood counts - Air ambulance leads the way

Will carrying blood on board our air ambulance help save more lives?

The Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance says it could be crucial for some patients.

The service has become one of the first in the country to carry blood so transfusions can be carried out at the scene:

Countdown continues for Hull's Indian Mela

An Indian Mela is due to take place at Hull City Hall tomorrow, organised by the Hull and East Yorkshire Hindu Cultural Association.

It's expected to feature Bollywood dancing lessons, food and artistic performances.

Uma Rajesh, the Mela's cultural coordinator, is promising the event will be really noisy and spectacular - with some peaceful moments too:

MPs call for more funding to help sexual violence victims

MPs are calling for more funding to help the victims of rape and sexual assault across East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.

Woman with head in hands

Back in June, the Hull and Grimsby charity Survivors - which provided long-term help to men and women who had been the victim of sexual assaults - closed due to lack of funding.

But now Melanie Onn, the Labour MP for Grimsby, and Hull North Labour MP Diana Johnson say they hope a new service can be funded from the area.

Ms Johnson says it's vital victims are offered support: "The key thing for me is that the government had allocated money to survivors - nearly £70,000 - and I don't want that money just disappearing."

Both MPs are due to meet Home Office and health officials later as well as Humberside Police representatives to look at commissioning a new service for those facing trauma.

Severe accident: A1173 Lincolnshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1173 Lincolnshire both ways severe accident, at Manby Road.

A1173 Lincolnshire - A1173 Manby Road in Immingham closed and slow traffic in both directions at the Manby Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Your headlines this morning

Richard Madden

BBC Radio Humberside News

The top stories from across East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire so far this morning include:

  • There are calls to restore services for victims of rape and sexual violence in East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire
  • Hull New Theatre will re-open tomorrow after a major refurbishment with a gala performance by the Royal Ballet
  • The Indian Mela is due to ake place in Hull this weekend, featuring Bollywood dancing lessons, food, performances and more

People invited to help clean local beaches

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live

People are being asked to help clean two of our region's most visited beaches this weekend.

Hessle Foreshore

Events are being held at Hessle Foreshore and Bridlington's North Beach tomorrow for the Great British Beach Clean.

It's being held by the Marine Conservation Society in an attempt to get as much litter off the UK's coast as possible.

Air ambulance allowed to carry blood on flights

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live

A rescue helicopter which covers northern Lincolnshire has become one of the first in the country to carry blood on its emergency flights.

Air ambulance

It means doctors can give transfusions at the scene of an accident, rather than having to wait to get a patient to hospital.

The Lincolnshire and Nottingham Air Ambulance responds to about 1,000 call-outs a year.

Hull New Theatre grand opening tomorrow

Jo Makel

BBC Look North

Hull's biggest theatre will re-open tomorrow with a gala performance by the Royal Ballet.

The New Theatre has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment over the past year.

The gala will feature dancers from Hull, including Xander Parish, who now performs with one of Russia's most famous ballet companies.

Hull New Theatre

Watch: Today's weather

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Rather cloudy with showery rain will affect the area during the morning.

Turning brighter with sunshine by midday but with this, further scattered showers are likely to develop.

Watch my full forecast.

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live

Good morning, welcome to local live on Friday 15 September.

I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the area throughout the day.

If you've got anything you want to talk about please get in touch and let us know what's happening where you are, by email, Facebook or Twitter.

Gareth Ellis is mobbed by jubilant Hull FC team-mates

Gareth Ellis marks his farewell home game with a crucial try as Hull FC beat Wakefield and all but seal their play-off place.

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Freddie van den Bergh

Surrey put in a fine performance with the ball to leave Yorkshire 139 runs behind, having followed on at The Oval on day three.

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Five things we learned today

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live

Thank you for joining me today.

I'll be back tomorrow morning with all the latest news, travel, weather and sport and updates will continue through the night.

Meanwhile, lets have a look at five things we didn't know at the start of the day...

  1. Is Hull the home of UK ballet?
  2. Brian Blessed heads to the East Yorkshire film festival
  3. What's on in the UK's City of Culture?
  4. RAC to back East Yorkshire MP in campaign to stop private parking firms from unfair practices
  5. Casual workers told they're no longer needed at Hull New Theatre

Royal Ballet is about to descend on Hull

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live

On Saturday The Royal Ballet will perform in Hull for the first time in 30 years.

The evening will see some of the world's finest dancers perform, in a performance specially curated by Hull born director Kevin O'Hare.

Looks like the team are hard at work.

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'Chaos' at Grimsby hospital due to new parking system

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Local Live

People using Grimsby hospital say there has been traffic chaos because of a new parking system.

One man says he's had to wait for more than half an hour to get into the car park to take his mother for treatment at the Diana, Princess of Wales hospital.

The Trust has told us they've had engineers and staff on site to help people with new number plate recognition barriers which are part of a range of improvements to their car parks.

Tuesday was the first day of operation at our Grimsby site and engineers were on site to fix issues as they arose. We also had extra staff helping people with the new payment machines and advising blue badge holders who had not yet registered for the new system."

Keith FowlerHead of Facilities

Acclaimed dance show arrives in city

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Local Live

A dance show about the deployment of soldiers on the front line comes to Hull today.

Soldiers performance
Scottish Festivals PR

It's called 5 Soldiers and tells the story of men and women as they are trained and then sent to a war zone.

Soldiers performance
Scottish Festivals PR

A national tour of the show started in London last weekend, which was also streamed by the BBC.

Tonights performance is at the Paragon Interchange in Hull city centre.

Watch: This evening's weather

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Scattered heavy spells of rain this evening clearing for a time, before showers return in places later.

Minimum temperature 7C.

Here's my full forecast.

Leeds boy, 15, arrested after half-hour police pursuit on M62

A 15-year-old boy from Leeds who was allegedly driving a stolen car has been arrested after a police chase on the M62.


The pursuit took place at about 14:00 on Wednesday when officers spotted a stolen Audi TT which had been taken from Barton-upon-Humber in North Lincolnshire back in July.

Officers had picked up the car using Automatic Number Plate Recognition as it headed eastbound on the M62 at J32.

After a pursuit lasting about half an hour - which headed off at J34 and onto the A19 - officers stopped the car and the driver and passenger ran off.

A 15-year-old boy from Morley was arrested and is currently in custody, while the passenger is still at large, police say.

Major expansion approved at popular Bridlington caravan park

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live

Plans for a major expansion and development of South Cliff Caravan Park in Bridlington were approved today.

Caravan park

East Riding of Yorkshire Council manage the site, which generates a profit for the authority and was highly praised recently by independent consultants.

It's at 100% capacity with 800 permanent static caravan pitches. Other pitches are being sold several times over during the season.

The development would boost the local economy in Bridlington with an estimated 158,000 visits to the town each year.

Along with expansion of the park there will be new 'glamping' lodges and staff facilities, with the investment being paid for from the profits generated.

Missing man found

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live

Yesterday we reported Brendon Carrier from Hull hadn't been seen since 30 August.

Humberside police have just said he's been found safe and well. They thank the public for all their help.

Casual workers told they're no longer needed at Hull New Theatre

Caroline Bilton

BBC Look North

Some workers at Hull New Theatre have told BBC Look North they haven't been given their jobs back, following the multi million pound refurbishment the theatre.

The casual staff say they missed out after being forced to reapply for jobs.

Six weeks ago the councillor responsible for Leisure and Tourism said he expected the process to be a formality for current staff.

The company that runs the theatre says it's abided by employment law and needs to ensure it has the right people for the job.

Listen: A vision to establish Grimsby as the UK Capital for Renewable Energy

To be the UK's Capital of the renewable energy industry.

That's Grimsby's bold ambition which is being set out a conference in the town today.

Riding on the successful investment in Grimsby by the likes of Dong Energy and ENGIE, North East Lincolnshire Council says the town is perfectly placed to attract millions of pounds to the area.

Delegates at the Clean Break Summit will today hear that the area can go even further and become central to the UK's green energy aims and deserves even more investment to secure jobs and regeneration.

The leader of North East Lincolnshire Council Ray Oxby says Grimsby should be the centre for innovation.