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Commons applauds Hull 'Headscarf Revolutionary'

The last surviving member of Hull's 'Headscarf Revolutionaries', who campaigned to change safety laws for fishermen, has been welcomed with applause while visiting the House of Commons today.

Yvonne Blenkinsop

Yvonne Blenkinsop was part of a group of women who pushed the government for improvements in the 1960s and today she returned to Westminster for the first time in 50 years.

There was applause after Commons Speaker John Bercow said that "through their actions countless lives have been saved".

He said: "We salute her and her fellow women and we extend the warmest welcome to her to the House of Commons."

Their campaign started when 58 fishermen based in the port lost their lives in three separate trawler tragedies in the space of less than a month in 1968.

Among the measures the campaign won were safety checks before vessels left port, radio operators for all ships, improved safety equipment and a "mother ship" with medical facilities for all fleets.

Missing Beverley man could be 'sofa surfing' in Hull

Police say they are concerned about a missing Beverley man who is believed to be "sofa surfing" in Hull.

Andrew Malster
Humberside Police

Andrew Malster, 28, was reported missing on Wednesday 1 May and since then there have been reported sightings of him in Hull.

Humberside Police say there are unconfirmed reports of him "sofa surfing," an expression which refers to someone staying with friends on a temporary basis.

Police say he has "no known family members but has a number of friends" and they want to make sure he is safe.

Anyone with any information is asked to get in touch with officers.

Man who lost arms and legs due to sepsis to appear in Hull

A man who is calling for mandatory training on sepsis for all NHS staff, after losing his arms, legs and part of his face, is set to share his story in Hull next month.

Tom Ray

There were delays in spotting Tom Ray's sepsis and he says more training is needed to avoid such tragedies in the future.

He is due to address the Royal College of Nursing conference today and on 18 June he will appear with his wife Nic during an event at Hull's Bonus Arena.

Hull Royal Infirmary sees busiest ever week in A&E

Hull Royal Infirmary says last week was the busiest it has ever recorded in accident and emergency.

Hull Royal Infirmary
Geograph/Ian S

More than 3,000 people required treatment between 13 May and 19, with staff seeing about 400 patients a day.

The hospital has been described as unseasonably busy, with average figures at this time of year usually at about 340 patients a day.

On a busy day, staff might expect to see in the region of 380 patients, but on 13 May the hospital says it saw about 450 people.

Staff dealt with large numbers of children and older people but also more walking wounded and about a quarter of patients - about 100 a day - could have been seen quicker elsewhere.

It's not known what's behind the increased numbers which are putting pressure on the service with members of the public encouraged to make themselves aware of the different facilities on offer in the area.

Ben Raynor Clinical Director at City Health Care Partnership said: "This actually feels slightly worse than the winter peaks, it's just relentless at the moment."

GPS tracker leads Hull police to stolen car

Police in Hull say they were able to recover a stolen car because it had been fitted with a GPS tracker.

The car tracked down by police
Humberside Police

Humberside Police shared a picture on Twitter of the vehicle which was recovered in the east of the city after being stolen.

The force's roads policing section said: "It's always worth considering a tracker if you buy a new vehicle. It can assist with speedy recovery."

Hull 'Headscarf Revolutionary' returns to scene of triumph

One of the Hull women who won a famous campaign to change safety laws for fishermen is to return to Westminster later for the first time in 50 years.

Yvonne Blenkinsop

Yvonne Blenkinsop and others known as the "Headscarf Revolutionaries" pushed the government for improvements.

She is retracing her steps and hopes the trip will bring back memories of the fight as she tried to change safety laws.

Their campaign started when 58 fishermen based in the port lost their lives in three separate trawler tragedies in the space of less than a month in 1968.

Among the measures the campaign won were safety checks before vessels left port, radio operators for all ships, improved safety equipment and a "mother ship" with medical facilities for all fleets.

Watch: Wednesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today will be fine and dry with plenty of sunshine - but a little cloud too.

Watch my full forecast here:

Condemnation over Hull Lord Line building trespassers

A group of trespassers seen on the roof of a derelict Hull landmark have been condemned by the emergency services.

Trespassers at the Lord Line building

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service spoke out after people were spotted at the Lord Line building on Monday night.

Trespassers at the Lord Line building

There have been calls for greater security measures to be taken at the site and the authorities say somebody could be killed if the trespassing continues.

The former trawler company offices at the old St Andrews fishing dock, which has stood empty for several years, is on Hull City Council's list of of architecturally or historically significant buildings.

Police seek man who helped Pocklington sex attack teen

Police are trying to find a man who went to the aid of a teenage girl who was being sexually assaulted in Pocklington two years ago.

Police uniform

A 15-year-old girl has recently come forward to say she was being attacked on Chapel Hill in Pocklington when a man in his 30s came to her aid and her attacker fled.

Officers are working with the girl to establish the full circumstances of the incident and believe this man could be a key witness.

Humberside Police say the appeal is "a long-shot" but they are hoping he will get in touch.

Woman's jaw broken in Hull city centre assault

A woman has suffered a broken jaw after being punched in the face while stepping in during an altercation between a group of men in Hull.

Paragon Street
Geograph/Bernard Sharp

The woman was knocked to the floor by a man on Paragon Street in the early hours of Saturday, police say.

Humberside Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which is being treated as a serious assault.

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Wednesday morning, most services appear to be running to time so far.

However, the 07:54 Bradford Forster Square to Leeds service has been cancelled.

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

Hull station entrance shuts in anti-social behaviour trial

An entrance to Hull's Paragon Station will be closed for three months as part of a trial to try and cut anti-social behaviour.

The Anlaby Road entrance to Hull Paragon Station

TransPennine Express, which manages the station, believes persistent vandalism is caused by people cutting through.

From 17 June, the Anlaby Road entrance will be closed every day between 09:30 and 16:30.

Beverley station toddler platform fall investigation

An incident in which a toddler fell between the platform and a train at Beverley station is going to be investigated by the official rail safety regulator.

Beverley Railway Station
Geograph/N Chadwick

The child suffered only slight injuries in the accident, which involved a stationary train and happened yesterday afternoon.

Because someone was injured, details are being forwarded to the safety regulator which will look at what led to the incident and may make recommendations.

So-called "platform train interface accidents" are the main cause of injuries on Britain's rail network and they're becoming more frequent.

Experts say this is partly because of people rushing more and using mobile phones when getting on and off trains.

Prisoners' soldier sculpture stands guard at Hull charity

A life-sized metal sculpture of a soldier made by prisoners in Hull is now standing guard at the offices of a charity which helps veterans.

The statue at the Hull4Heroes offices

The soldier statue was created by inmates in HMP Hull's engineering workshop before being donated to Hull4Heroes.

The statue being made

Writing on Facebook, the charity said: "What a great piece of work. This is a really credit to the lads who made it. Thank you so much."

A message at the base of the statue

The sculpture is at the Hull4Heroes offices on Whitefriargate and the charity joked: "Shoplifters and laptop thieves please beware, our new guardsman will catch you and come down on you like a ton of metal."

Youngsters on moped seriously injured in collision

A teenage boy and a 12-year-old girl who were riding a moped without helmets have been seriously injured in a collision in Grimsby.

Rendel Street

Police were called to Rendel Street in Grimsby at 18:50 yesterday, following a serious collision between a Yamaha YQ Aerox 50cc moped and a blue Mitsubishi ASX3 car.

The girl and the 15-year-old boy were on the moped, which collided with the car at the junction of Rendel Street with Armstrong Street in Grimsby.

Both the rider and passenger of the moped sustained serious injuries. The 12-year-old girl has potentially life-changing injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or saw the moped prior to the collision is asked to contact Humberside Police.

Hull MP plans event in memory of murdered Jo Cox

A Hull MP is planning an event in centre of the city in memory of murdered West Yorkshire politician Jo Cox.

Jo Cox memorial

Ms Cox, who was the Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was killed by a right-wing extremist in June 2016.

The Labour MP for Hull West and Hessle Emma Hardy says she wants to hold a Great Get Together event on Whitefriargate in June.

Writing on Facebook, she said: "I hope we can come together as a country and as a city and agree that we can disagree in a polite and courteous way.

"There is more in common then that which divides us," she added.

Flower power as Yorkshire stars visit gold canal garden

The gold medal-winning Yorkshire canal garden at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show has been attracting some of the region's most famous faces.

Judy Dench
Welcome to Yorkshire

Designed by Mark Gregory, the display brings Yorkshire to the heart of London by incorporating a canal lock built from reclaimed York stone, a lock keeper's cottage, authentic lock gates and a meadow.

Ian McMillan
Welcome to Yorkshire

York's acting royalty, Dame Judy Dench (top), visited in an aptly floral dress and the Bard of Barnsley, poet Ian McMillan (above), who wrote a poem about the garden, did some pensive pondering amid the tranquil scene.

Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton
Welcome to Yorkshire

Meanwhile, Harrogate's Jim Carter (Downton Abbey's Carson) and wife Imelda Staunton appeared ready to help out should an errant canal boat appear...

In pictures: Cable damage delays East Coast trains

If you're travelling on the East Coast Main Line this morning, this is the reason why you may well have been affected by long delays and slow progress:

Overhead cable

Train company LNER has released this image of the damage caused to an overhead cable between Retford and Newark North Gate.

The damage means the southbound line of the East Coast Main Line is currently blocked.

Hull, Leeds, Newcastle and London trains are affected and may be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes, according to National Rail Enquries.

The company says it doesn't know yet what caused the damage. Disruption is expected until 12:00.

New rapid assessment centre for rough sleepers in Hull

Rough sleepers on the streets of Hull are to get more support in the form of a new rapid assessment centre.

A rough sleeper
Getty Images

Hull City Council has secured government money of more than £700,000 which will pay for a hub offering advice and a safe place to stay for a short period.

The centre will look at moving people away from living on the streets to permanent accommodation.

Damaged electric wires causing rail delays

If you're travelling by rail from York railway station you're being warned to expect delays.

York rail information board

Damage to the overhead electric wires between Retford and Newark North Gate means the southbound line of the East Coast Main Line is currently blocked.

National Rail Enquiries says Hull, Leeds, Newcastle and London trains are affected and may be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes.

Disruption is expected until 12:00.

Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry day with some sunshine and it'll feel pleasantly warm.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire garden wins gold at Chelsea Flower Show

A garden celebrating Yorkshire's canals and industrial heritage has won a gold medal at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.

Canal gates in garden
Welcome to Yorkshire

The garden, by tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire and designed by Mark Gregory, features genuine canal lock gates donated by the Canal & River Trust.

It's the 10th time Welcome to Yorkshire has entered a garden at the famous Royal Horticultural Society competition and was described as its "most ambitious to date".

Reacting to the news, Welcome to Yorkshire said it was "amazing news" and that it was "over the moon".

Yorkshire's sunny Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It will be warm, dry and sunny today.

It will remain dry tonight with light winds.

However, there is the chance of mist developing in some areas:

Weather graphic

Teens smash windscreen with thrown stones

A mother was driving through East Yorkshire with her baby as a passenger when teenagers threw stones at her car smashing the windscreen, police have revealed today.

Police uniform

The family were not injured in what's being described as an "extremely distressing incident for them," on the A1079 on Sunday 12 May.

Humberside Police say it received a number of reports of youths, described as being about 16, throwing objects at cars from fields between the Kingswood roundabout and the caravan works roundabout.

PC Stephen Morley said, "This was a very reckless act, it is only by sheer good luck that no one was injured."

Ex-Hull FC player in Ibiza hospital with 'severe injuries'

A rugby league player from Hull is currently in hospital in Ibiza with "severe injuries".

Former Hull FC player Jansin Turgut, 23, is being treated at the Nuestra Senora del Rosario Clinic.

On Twitter, Hull KR said its "thoughts are with him and his family at this time", with Hull FC posting the following message:

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Man in hospital with knife wounds after Hull assault

A man is in hospital with serious knife wounds after being assaulted in Hull.

Police on the scene

The victim is thought to have been assaulted by a man he knew in an "isolated incident" on Shannon Road, off Holderness Road, at about 23:00 last night.

He is currently receiving treatment for injuries to his abdomen, with police "actively pursuing strong lines of inquiries to apprehend the offenders".

Police tape outside McColl's

Humberside Police are still on the scene today to "provide reassurance to local residents", with anyone who witnessed the incident being asked to come forward.

Bridlington Salvation Army burgled 'four times' in a month

The Salvation Army in Bridlington says it will have to spend money intended to help the poor and elderly on improved security after burglars raided its premises for the fourth time in a month.

The Salvation Army in Bridlington

In the first of this series of break-ins, the thieves stole audio-visual equipment including a PA system and a mixing desk from the charitable organisation on Wellington Road

Now, over the weekend they've helped themselves to £100 worth of food intended for both vulnerable clients of the Salvation Army's crisis support centre and a lunch club for the elderly.

Police say they are investigating reports that audio equipment was stolen in a burglary overnight between Saturday 20 April and Sunday 21 April.

In a statement, Humberside Police said it was "following up various lines of inquiry to identify those responsible" and asked anyone with any information to get in touch.

Mental health focus during Hull man's royal kickaround

A Hull man has played football with the Duke of Cambridge and famous professional footballers while discussing men's mental health in a groundbreaking BBC TV show.

Football fans get a selfie with Prince William

Mark Coulson was one of four football fans who had a kickaround with Prince William as part of A Royal Team Talk: Tackling Mental Health which was broadcast last night.

The footballers and the fans

In the show, Mark said: "To get to meet some of your heroes and talk to them like you would do one of your mates and get their side of the story around mental health, it's just been incredible.

"It doesn't matter how much you earn, what you do for a living, we're all just normal guys, we all have ups and downs. Just talk about it, just talk to anyone really."

Mark kicking a ball

On Twitter, the lifelong Spurs fan said meeting Jermaine Jenas, Danny Rose and Peter Crouch had been an experience "I will never forget" and he said he hoped the show would "inspire more men to start talking".

The end of The End: Hull University party cancelled

A major end-of-year party for Hull students has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales, it's been confirmed.

Sub Focus

Big name DJ Sub Focus (above) and West Yorkshire indie band Pigeon Detectives (below) were booked to play The End which was due to be held across several city venues on Saturday.

But the event won't now go ahead, with live music and venues company VMS Live blaming "a lack of ticket sales and feedback from students".

Hull University Student Union had decided to work with VMS Live after a review concluded a more traditional end-of-year ball "would not be financially viable without looking into an alternative arrangement".

The Pigeon Detectives

In a statement, VMS Live said it was looking forward to working with the union on future events and wanted to "work more closely with the student body in future in order to deliver successful events".

Hull University Union said the cancellation meant it was now "unable to offer an end-of-semester celebration".

In a statement, it said: "We are saddened an event we thought would be a great way to mark the end of the year did not get the reaction we hoped for."

The union said many students felt "frustrated and let down by the organisation and communication of this event" and said next year's event would be "planned by students for students".

Tickets for The End, which cost £25, are set to be refunded.

'Wimbledon of squash' gets under way in Hull

The longest-running tournament in professional squash gets under way in Hull today.

A squash court set up for the event

Players from dozens of different countries are taking part in The Allam British Open Squash Championship at the University of Hull, including the number one players from the men's and women's game.

The tournament, at the university's sport's centre, is often described as the "Wimbledon of squash" and continues until Sunday.

Tour director Tim Garner said: "It's the one all the players want to win. It really is a trophy that the players want to get their names on."

Leaders get behind MP's blood scandal compensation call

A Hull MP is behind a letter to the Prime Minister from leaders across the political spectrum calling for compensation for victims of the contaminated blood scandal.

An inquiry is currently looking at how thousands of people were infected with hepatitis C and HIV from contaminated blood they were given in the 1970s and 80s.

The letter, organised by Labour MP for Hull North Diana Johnson, says surviving victims shouldn't have to wait for the outcome of the inquiry before receiving compensation:

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Can lock gates open floodgates on flower show success?

It's hoped that two canal lock gates will help raise the level of Yorkshire's chances at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show today.

Lock gates

The canals of West Yorkshire are the inspiration for East Yorkshire designer Mark Gregory's garden representing tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire.

It features two genuine lock gates donated by the Canal & River Trust.

About 170,000 visitors and 500 exhibitors from across the world are expected at the London show.

Watch: Monday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today will see sunny spells and slow-moving showers - with showers most widespread this afternoon.

Watch my full forecast here:

New summer train timetable: Check before you travel

If you've got a train to catch in Yorkshire today it might be a good idea to check the timetable before you set off as it's the first working day of the new summer timetable.

Train departure board
Getty Images

Train companies say they are making every effort to avoid the chaos, disruption and cancellations which happened at this time last year.

Network Rail says it's learned the lessons of last summer's disruption when a more extensive shake-up led to weeks of chaos on the Northern network and on Govia Thameslink.

Train operators say they will monitor the latest changes carefully and respond quickly to any problems.

Monday's Yorkshire weather forecast

BBC Weather

There should be some sunny spells today, but along with the sun, some showers.

The showers will be most widespread this afternoon when some will be heavy and thundery.

The rain will slowly die away this evening, leaving it dry overnight with clear periods:

Weather graphic

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Monday morning, most services appear to be running to time so far.


  • The 07:06 Leeds to Brighouse service has been cancelled
  • The 07:30 Bradford Interchange to Huddersfield service has been cancelled
  • The 07:38 Leeds to Lincoln service has been cancelled

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

University proud of gay rugby team formed by lecturer

A Hull academic has made his employers proud after starting the city's first gay rugby team.

The Hull Roundheads

Dr David Eldridge, who is a senior lecturer in American studies, founded the Hull Roundheads, described as the city's "first male inclusive rugby team".

Writing on Twitter, the University of Hull today said it was proud of "their strides towards transforming attitudes within sport and the gains they are making against homophobia".

Armed police in Hull as teen girl 'robbed with a knife'

Armed police were seen in the middle of Hull this afternoon after a teenage girl was allegedly threatened with a knife in during a robbery.

A man being arrested

Police say she was approached in Queens Gardens just after 15:30 by a man, said to be holding what's been described as a blade.

Humberside Police say officers attended quickly, with armed police and unmarked cars seen nearby.

The man was arrested and remains in custody, with police saying there is "no further risk to the wider public".

Police cordon

Police remain in the area for "reassurance" and to continue investigations, there is currently a cordon around part of Queens Gardens and officers appear to be carrying out searches of the area.