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Prosecution call for people who attack ambulance staff

Anyone who attacks a member of the emergency service needs to be prosecuted, according to the trade union which represents ambulance workers.

A damaged ambulance
Yorkshire Ambulance Service

In the last nine months there have been 850 reports of physical and verbal attacks on staff at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service - double the number from six years ago.

Last week an ambulance crew in Hull had to lock themselves in a house because they were threatened.

Yorkshire's weather

BBC Weather

A bright and chilly start.

Through the day, cloud will gradually spill in from the west, turning the sunshine significantly hazier.

Late in the afternoon, patchy rain may reach western districts.

Weather
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Police appeal after man pulls radiator from pub wall

Do you recognise this man?

Police want to speak to him after a radiator was ripped from the wall at a Hull pub.

A man police want to speak to
Humberside Police

Police want to find the man in in connection with the incident of criminal damage at the Admiral of the Humber pub on Anlaby Road.

Plaster was damaged when the radiator was pulled off a wall at about 22:15 on Wednesday 13 February, according to police.

Three arrested over theft of Porsche and replica guns

Police have made three arrests after a cache of replica firearms was stolen from a property in Hull along with a Porsche which was later crashed.

Police uniform
BBC

A neighbour interrupted the break-in, on Marlborough Avenue, and the imitation guns were dropped before later being recovered.

A Porsche Macan was driven away from the scene, on Saturday 2 February at about 21.30, before being crashed into eight other cars on Ella Street, according to Humberside Police.

An 18-year-old male from Hull has been charged with burglary and theft and possessing class A and class B drugs.

A second teenager has been bailed while another man has been released without charge.

New deal sees 35,000 tonnes of paper heading for Hull

A European paper manufacturer is to store its products in Hull, with the city's port set to handle 35,000 tonnes of paper a year, it's been confirmed.

Reels of paper
ABP Humber

The Belgian company is relocating its storage facitly after signing a two-year lease with Associated British Ports (ABP) Humber.

The deal, with VPK Packaging, will see the port handle weekly shipments of paper reels from Ghent.

Police seek family of Somali man found dead in Hull

The discovery of a 60-year-old Somali man who was found dead in Hull after his neighbours said they "hadn't seen him for some time" has prompted a police search for his relatives.

De La Pole Avenue
Google

Officers are appealing to find the family of Dahir Baigs Deria, who is originally from Somalia and who was found dead at his home on De la Pole Avenue on Sunday 10 February.

Humberside Police say: "We are unsure when Mr Deria came to Hull and we don’t know whether he has any family in the UK."

His death is not being treated as suspicious and anyone who can help is being asked to get in touch with police.

Man, 32, arrested over Hull ambulance attack

A man has been arrested after an attack on an ambulance which forced a pair of paramedics to lock themselves in a house in Hull.

A damaged ambulance
Twitter

A 32-year-old man has been arrested after the incident, described by one of the crew, Laura Mayor, as "my most frightening shift at work".

Police say they received a call from Yorkshire Ambulance Service on Friday about a man threatening staff and damaging their vehicle.

The man was arrested on suspicion of affray and criminal damage and has now been released pending further investigations, according to Humberside Police.

Hull MP's tribute to veteran Labour politician

A Hull MP has paid tribute to a veteran Labour politician who has died aged 84 after a long illness.

Diana Johnson, Labour MP for Hull North, said the death of Paul Flynn was "a real loss to our parliamentary democracy".

Writing on Twitter, she shared her memories of the long-serving Labour MP for Newport West who died on Sunday:

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Speeding East Yorkshire driver was 'late for work'

A motorist was caught going at nearly twice the speed limit through East Yorkshire in the early hours of this morning saying they were "running late for work".

The driver was reported for speeding after being pulled over on the A165 near Skirlaugh, according to Humberside Police:

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Fraudulent foreign currency exchange arrests in Beverley

A pair of men have been arrested on suspicion of trying to fraudulently exchange foreign currency in Beverley.

Icelandic currency
REUTERS/Ingolfur Juliusson

They are accused of mixed Swedish and Icelandic currency together before trying to convert it to sterling.

Humberside Police say there is a £750 difference between the two currencies.

Officers were alerted after the men, from London and Leicester, tried to exchange the money at a travel agent and supermarket.

The pair have been bailed while investigations continue.

Hopscotch grids appear around Hull for half-term

These hopscotch grids have been drawn in places around Hull to get children out playing during the half-term holidays:

A collage showing a number of grids
Hull City Council

The grids are part of a Hull City Council campaign to encourage people "to discover and rediscover the joy of simply playing out".

A grid being drawn
Hull City Council

Members of the public are being encouraged to post photographs and videos of themselves playing hopscotch on social media.

A grid in the city centre
BBC

The grids are part of the council's "playing out" scheme, where people can apply to get temporary road closures put in place so children can play safely outside.

Libby Squire: Church lamp will shine until she is found

A church close to where missing Hull student Libby Squire was last seen has lit a lamp for her which will burn until she is found.

A lamp for lLibby Squire
BBC

Hull Community Church is one of many churches in the university area of the city offering prayers and support following her disappearance.

it has already held a special community event and prayer vigil which was attended by the philosophy student's parents.

The church has now opened up a space where visitors can spend time in thought and prayer and leave prayers for the family.

Woman rescued after getting stuck in Hull toilet cubicle

A woman had to be rescued by the emergency services after getting her head stuck in a toilet cubicle in Hull.

A toilet sign
BBC

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service say it received a call about an "adult female with head fast between partition walls of toilet cubicle".

A crew released her using small tools on Saltshouse Road in the early hours of this morning, she was then left in the care of the ambulance service.

Hopscotch hopes to get kids outside

Hopscotch grids will be popping up across Hull this week with the aim of getting more children playing outside.

Hopscotch
BBC

It's part of a scheme that lets communities temporarily shut off streets to traffic so children can play safely in their neighbourhoods.

A total of 21 hopscotch grids will be chalked onto streets across Hull throughout the school holiday.

Yorkshire's weather

A bright and breezy start, with some early sunny spells.

As the day progresses, a few showers will cross from the west at times, though many places will escape with a dry day.

Breezy throughout.

Highs of 12C (54F).

Weather graphic
BBC

Sewer takes a battering from dumped Yorkshire puddings

These photographs show dumped Yorkshire puddings clogging up a sewer.

Anglian Water shared the photographs of the sewer in Ipswich on Twitter.

The photographs came to the attention Yorkshire Water...who weren't happy about it:

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Research finds 'association' between e-cigs and smoking

Research at a Yorkshire medical school has found a link between e-cigarettes and people taking up smoking.

Someone using an e-cigarette
REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The study, by researchers at Hull York Medical School, showed that some young people vape before trying real cigarettes.

But Professor Kamran Siddiqi, who co-led the study, says the evidence needs to be treated with caution.

He said: "Clearly there's some association between use of e-cigarettes and taking up smoking behaviour.

"I don't think we have evidence to say it was e-cigarettes which led them to take up smoking, we still need to be vigilant but I don't think we should be too alarmed."

Two men has been jailed after admitting assaulting two homeless men in a tent in Hull.
Two men have been jailed after admitting assaulting homeless men in a tent in Hull.

CCTV appeal after burglary at Hull business

Police have released CCTV images of two men they want to identify after a burglary at a business in Hull.

A pair of men police want to identify
Humberside Police

Detectives investigating the raid, on Anlaby Road on Tuesday 8 January, have released images of the pair they want to talk to.

Humberside Police want to hear from anyone who recognises the men in the photographs.

Hull tent attack: Jail for two men caught on CCTV

A man who was caught on CCTV taking a running jump into a tent with two homeless men inside in Hull has been jailed by a judge who told him: "What you did is repugnant to right-minded people."

Man jumping onto tent
Humberside Police

Jamie Nickell, 26, landed feet first on the tent in a shop doorway on Whitefriargate in the city centre while his friend filmed him on a phone.

At Hull Crown Court, Nickell, of Goldsmith Walk, Lincoln, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm to one of the men in the tent who suffered a minor injury to his knee.

Sentencing Nickell to four months in prison, Judge Mark Bury said: "There are too many homeless people in our society these days. They do not need to be treated in this way."

The judge heard how the pair were drunk after travelling to Hull to go to a concert on November 30 last year.

Earlier this week, Jake Mann, 29, also of Goldsmith Walk, was jailed for 14 weeks after filming the attack.

British Olympian becomes patron of East Yorkshire charity

A five-time British Olympian has agreed to become a patron of a charity that helps get parents in East Yorkshire active.

Jo Pavey
BBC

Distance runner Jo Pavey has got involved with Fit Mums which, despite it's name, is also for dads and grandparents as well.

She said: "It's just such a brilliant thing, they encourage people of all abilities to be active, I was so inspired by their enthusiasm, their friendliness and the camaraderie in the organisation."

Prisons Minister sees improvement in Yorkshire prisons

Prisons Minister Rory Stewart, who offered to resign if he couldn't reduce violence in six Yorkshire prisons, says he's seeing early signs of improvement.

RORY STEWART
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Mr Stewart gave himself a year from August 2018 to improve conditions in a total of 10 prisons.

Six of those are in Yorkshire:

  • Leeds
  • Hull
  • Humber
  • Lindholme
  • Moorland
  • Wealstun

Mr Stewart said: "I wouldn't have put my job on the line unless I was confident we can do it.

"In those 10 prisons, violence has been rising steadily month on month for five years, so turning that around and bringing it down is going to be a challenge."

Hull's tidal flood defences approved

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A glass panelled concrete wall will be built along Hessle Foreshore despite residents saying it's a "waste of money".

The glass wall
East Riding of Yorkshire Council

East Riding councillors unanimously voted in favour of the £11m flood defence scheme yesterday, despite objections from residents.

They are concerned it will "ruin the view" and say the authority should be protecting homes elsewhere.

Under the plans, a 1.5 metre wall will run along Cliff Road.

It will help protect more than 4,000 homes from flooding during the next 50 years, as well as key routes into Hull such as the railway and the A63.

Several residents living in Cliff Road, who did not want to be named, said the council would be better off spending the money elsewhere.

Endurance search called off after ship stuck in ice

A team of scientists in the Antarctic have had to call off the search for the lost ship of the explorer Ernest Shackleton.

Weddell Sea Expedition
Weddell Sea Expedition 2019

The team had reached the spot where the Endurance got trapped in ice and eventually sank in 1915, six men from Hull were among the crew and survived the sinking.

However the modern day ship also became trapped in ice, forcing it to abandon the search.

Yorkshire's weather

BBC Weather

A chilly start, perhaps with one or two patches of mist or fog.

These will disperse though to leave plenty of blue sky and sunshine.

Very mild. Highs of 14C (57F).

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BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this morning, services seem to be running pretty much to time at the moment.

There are issues between Meadowhall and Barnsley because of trespassers on the line.

Disruption is expected to last until about 08:45 this morning, according to operators.

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

'Love Hull': City litter letters reveal 'rubbish' message

Giant letters made out of litter spelling out the words "Love Hull" have been placed on a roundabout in the city in a bid to encourage people not to drop rubbish.

The litter letters
Hull City Council

The litter letters were made by students at Hymers College and installed on the Ennerdale roundabout by the council's waste team.

Councillor Anita Harrison said: "We want people to show love for their city and make a conscious choice not to drop litter – love Hull and put your litter in a bin."

Libby Squire disappearance: What we know so far

Two weeks after Hull University student Libby Squire went missing, police have today said she "may have come to some harm".

Libby Squire
Humberside Police

Here's what we know about Ms Squire's disappearance so far:

  • The 21-year-old went missing after a night out two weeks ago, with CCTV showing her walking towards the Welly club at about 23:00 on Thursday 31 January
  • She was last seen at about 00:05 on Friday 1 February on Beverley Road at the junction with Haworth Street and police have recreated the outfit she was wearing at the time:
Libby Squire's outfit
PA/Henry Clare
Vigil in West Wycombe
BBC
  • A 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of abduction remains a person of interest, Humberside Police have said

'Everyone wants to know where Libby is' - Police

Police have thanked local residents in Hull for supporting their search for missing student Libby Squire, saying: "Everyone wants to know where Libby is."

Libby Squire photographs
Humberside Police

Ms Squire, 21, disappeared after going for a night out with friends in Hull two weeks ago today.

Police say they're working "around the clock" to try and find her.

At a media briefing today, the force said so far "wide-ranging" searches have taken place involving underwater teams, dog handling units and helicopters.

Police searching for Libby Squire
Getty Images/Christopher Furlong

The support from the public and businesses in Hull has been "overwhelming", police said.

Det Supt Martin Smalley said: "My thanks go out to everyone who has been involved and who has provided help or assistance.

"When and where we are able to, we will provide updates as we fully understand this case has captured the hearts of people not just in the city of Hull, but across the country. Everyone wants to know where Libby is."

Speeding motorists warned after cows killed in Beverley

Motorists are being warned about speeding in part of Beverley after several grazing cows were killed or seriously injured.

Beverley Westwood
Geograph/Peter Church

An MP has told drivers to watch their speed on The Westwood, where there is "open grazing land for cattle, completely unfenced, so cattle can wander at will, including over the roads".

Graham Stuart, the Conservative MP for Beverley and Holderness, issued the warning after hearing concerns from the Pasture Masters, who look after the site where a number of cows have been killed "over the years".

Beverley Westwood
Geograph/Andy Beecroft

Mr Stuart said: "Very sadly, a number of cattle have been killed or seriously injured as a result of being hit by cars and, potentially, car drivers and passengers are at risk of injury or even death if they are involved in a collision with cattle."

The Pasture Masters plan to ask the local council to reduce the speed limit in the area from 40mph to 30mph.

Hull KR 'pleased' with learning disability rugby league

Hull KR say they are "pleased" to be a founding member of a pioneering learning disability rugby league competition.

Yesterday it was announced that Super League had become the first professional sports brand to give its name to such a competition.

There are 12 teams involved, including Castleford Tigers, Leeds Rhinos, Huddersfield Giants, Wakefield Trinity and York City Knights:

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Missing Libby Squire 'may have come to harm' - Police

Missing Hull University student Libby Squire "may have come to some harm", police have said as they released new images of clothes similar to ones the 21-year-old was wearing on the night she disappeared.

Jacket and skirt
Humberside Police

Ms Squire vanished following a night out in Hull on 31 January.

Det Supt Martin Smalley said: "While we do continue to be hopeful and we will always keep an open mind, Libby has been missing for 14 days now and we sadly have to consider she may have come to some harm.

"We are continuing to support Libby’s family through this incredibly difficult and distressing time.

"They are understandably distraught not knowing where their daughter and loved one is, and we will endeavour to give them the answers they desperately need."

Humberside Police have now recreated the outfit Ms Squire was wearing when she was last seen, consisting of a black denim skirt and faux leather jacket with a pair of distinctive trainers:

Jacket and shoes
Humberside Police

Row over removal of Hull bus stop bench

It's claimed that council workers have removed a bench which had been placed on a Hull street for pensioners to sit on while waiting for a bus.

The bench
BBC

Chris Dias paid for the bench, at the corner of Westbourne Avenue and Chanterlands Avenue, and got a local graffiti artist to decorate it.

Mr Dias says it was in place for three or four days before council workers removed it and said they'd claimed it could cause anti-social behaviour.

Hull City Council has been asked for comment.

Children smash bus windows in East Yorkshire village

A group of children, some as young as 12-years-old, have smashed windows on two buses in an East Yorkshire village.

Police
BBC

The boys, believed to be 12 or 13 and dressed in black clothing, damaged the vehicles as they passed along Ark Royal in Bilton last night.

Humberside Police are looking for four or five boys, who targeted buses at about 19:30 and again at 20:00 before fleeing the scene.

Ch Insp Paul Butler: "If this group think it’s a game to throw stones and other things at buses or any moving vehicle then they’ve got it wrong."

Oasis star confirmed to play in Hull later this year

It has been announced that Oasis star Noel Gallagher will perform in Hull later this year.

Noel Gallagher
BBC

The singer songwriter will headline the city's Bonus Arena with his High Flying Birds band.

He will perform in May with support from former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes.

Glass flood wall to be approved

Plans for a glass and concrete flood wall near the Humber Bridge are expected to be approved later.

The glass wall
East Riding of Yorkshire Council

East Riding Council wants to build the defences at Hessle Foreshore to help protect more than 4,000 homes from flooding.

Some residents have raised concerns about the height of the wall, but the council says glass panels will reduce the impact.

Albion Square buildings to be pulled down later

Work to pull down a building in the centre of Hull, to make way for a major new development, will start later.

Albion Square
Hull City Council

The £130m Albion Square development includes new shops and offices and has been earmarked as a potential site for a new ice arena.

Work to demolish a building behind the former BHS store will start today.

Yorkshire's weather

BBC Weather

A dry and mild day today.

There may be some low cloud around in places this morning, but this will disperse to leave it bright with hazy sunshine.

Tonight will remain dry with predominantly clear, starry skies.

However, some patchy mist, fog and low cloud will develop in places. Turning cold again under the clear skies.

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Libby Squire: Vigil held for missing Hull student

The family of the missing Hull student Libby Squire attended a vigil in her home town last night.

People at the vigil
BBC

It's been two weeks since 21-year-old Libby was last seen after a night out.

More than 100 people, including her friends and family gathered, at a church in her home village of West Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.