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  1. Updates on Friday 21 April 2017

Live Reporting

By Kimberley Metcalfe

All times stated are UK

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Five things we learned today

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Thank you for joining us today. 

We'll be back with you on Monday morning from 08:00.

Have a great weekend.

Before I go, lets have a look at five things we didn't know this morning: 

  1. Sea of Hull nude artworks are unveiled
  2. Hull company wins prestigious award for second time
  3. Someone needs a spelling lesson
  4. Road rage driver wants to be left alone
  5. Magazine accused of racism in article about Hull City
sea of hull

Pocklington gets set to welcome the Tour

Jill Archbold

BBC Look North

With just a week to go until the start of the Tour de Yorkshire, preparations are underway in many communities. 

The race starts next Friday in Bridlington. 

Decorations are already up and are looking fantastic in Pocklington, I went to see how the residents are feeling about the race coming through the town. 

Watch: Your weekend weather

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Further spells of light and patchy rain are forecast tonight as a weak weather front moves in from the north, but this will be clearing later and turning mostly dry. 

Take a look at my forecast below for the full picture:

Icelandic Seachill say sale comes as 'no surprise'

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Earlier today Icelandic Seachill, which employs 750 at its sites in Grimsby, announced it was up for sale.

Union Unite reacted to the news with concerns about their members' future at the company. 

We asked Seachill what this sale means for the future of the firm - and jobs:

This sale process comes as no surprise and until concluded, will have no direct impact on our employees. This is a very positive next step for Seachill, its employees and partner customers who place a high value on the business management and strategy, and it is likely that operations will continue in a similar way as present."

Simon SmithChief Executive, Icelandic Seachill

Hull City respond to 'racist' magazine article

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Hull City has responded to an article in Tenfoot City magazine which has been described as racist by critics. 

The free magazine has been accused of making derogatory references to the Egyptian heritage of the Allam family, who own Hull City. 

The club has released a statement:

“Today we were made aware of an article which contained numerous derogatory and potentially racist references to the owners of the Club. The nature of these comments is totally unacceptable to us and we have raised the matter with Humberside Police to investigate further. We are duty bound to report any incidents of racism and are proud participants in a number of initiatives such as the Kick It Out campaign and are currently undertaking the Premier League Equality Standard. This sort of language is not acceptable in football or the wider community.”

Hull City Football Club

Lib Dem councillor to stand for election in Hull North

Sophia Ewen

BBC Radio Humberside

The leader of the Liberal Democrats on Hull City Council Mike Ross says he'll stand for election as the MP for Hull North.

The seat is currently held by Labour's Diana Johnson (pictured) 

Diana Johnson MP

Seachill up for sale: Union seeks assurance over jobs

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Unite has called for an urgent meeting with the management of Icelandic Seachill in Grimsby.

It was announced earlier today that one of the town’s largest employers has been put up for sale.

Unite say they have around 180 members at Seachill, mainly working in production roles and do not understand the rationale behind the sale of the company.

We understand that the company has had a significant improvement in sales recently, so why has the business been put up for sale? This is a worrying and uncertain time for the dedicated and hardworking workforce. We will be giving our members the union’s maximum support in the days and weeks ahead.”

Mike WilkinsonUnite regional officer

Magazine accused of racism in article about Hull City

Phillip Norton

BBC News

A magazine which seeks to celebrate the street culture of Hull has been accused of racism. 

The Tenfoot City magazine is stocked at hundreds of venues and reaches around 30,000 readers. 

But an article in it about Hull City football club uses language which one reader says is not just derogatory about the owners and players but racist too.

Roger Coates is a City of Culture volunteer and spotted the article.

The magazine claims the remarks are not racist, just distastefully funny. 

They say that people should stop being so sensitive and they did it on purpose to see what sort of reaction they would get from the public. 

One of Grimsby's biggest employers put up for sale

Lara King

North East Lincolnshire reporter

One of Grimsby's biggest employers, Seachill, has been put up for sale

Seachill is a leading supplier of chilled fish to the UK retail market, employing 750 people at its sites in the town.

It was founded in 1998 and since then the business has grown to be one of the largest chilled fish processors in the UK. It also owns the award winning Saucy Fish Company, a four times cool brand award winner. 

Seachill also supplies to Tesco and other stores all over the world.

seachill sign

Fire near Lord Line building

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

We are getting reports of a fire in the area of the famous old Hull dock office.

If you're near by what can you see? Tweet us some pictures if its safe to do so. 

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Police and Crime Commissioner steps down from councillor role

Sharon Edwards

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Marc Jones said he would stand down as a councillor if he got the PCC job when he was campaigning and now it's official:

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A sneak peek of the 'Sea of Hull'

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Our Arts Correspondent Anne-Marie, always gets a sneaky look before the rest of us at the wonderful exhibitions that come to Hull to celebrate the City of Culture year. 

Here's a couple of shots from 'Sea of Hull' at the Ferens Art Gallery'. 

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Weather: Staying mild with some sunny spells

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It'll remain fairly mild this afternoon with further sunny spells across much of East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. 

We could see some light rain or drizzle at times, especially further inland, but dry for most. Highs today of 15C. 

weather chart

SKIN opens at the Ferens Gallery tomorrow

Anne-Marie Tasker

BBC Look North

From tomorrow, the SKIN exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull will be open to the public.

It's said to be a dramatic collection of works by internationally acclaimed artists Lucian Freud, Ron Mueck and Spencer Tunick. 

Revealed for the first time will be the highly anticipated  'Sea of Hull' photographs, officially the largest nude installation in the UK. 

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Driver Ronnie Pickering speaks for the first time

David Burns

BBC Radio Humberside

Now, for a while he became Hull and possibly the country's most notorious driver.

Ronnie Pickering's argument with a cyclist, which was captured on camera, went viral and made him a household name. 

He's given his first radio interview and says it was about time he spoke out.

Could you be the new vicar of Beverley Minster?

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Beverley Minster is advertising for a new vicar. 

It follows the departure of the Reverend Jeremy Fletcher who moved to London last month. It's expected his replacement won't start work until the autumn.

Job application
Beverley Minister

That's dedication!

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

This picture was put up by Spencer Tunick on twitter earlier today.

We've no idea who it belongs to, or even whereabouts on the body this masterpiece lies...

If you know '1 of the 3200' then please let me know! 

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Rise of the machines: Lincolnshire farmers turn to automation after Brexit

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire vegetable growers say they're worried about a lack of workers after Brexit and they're investing in new technology as a result. 


As the issue of immigration looks set to play a big part in the general election campaign - some farmers say more jobs could become automated if the government limits the number of EU migrant workers who are allowed to work in the sector.

Richard Mowbry is the Commercial Director at farming company TH Clements - he says the benefits of machinery are stacking up 

Machines don't have sick days or holidays. We've invested in automation because of rising employment costs and concerns about where that workforce is going to come from.

Richard MowbryTH Clements

Misspelt road sign quickly corrected

Sarah Walton

Reporter, BBC Look North

This amusing misspelt sign outside a school in Winterton was first spotted earlier this morning by town councillor Paul McCartan. 

The photo has been shared and retweeted across the internet. And now the contractors who did the work have been back to correct their mistake. 

Yes, they just covered a bit of the 'O' to make it look like a 'C'.

I spoke to North Lincolnshire Council who were concerned about mistakes like this happening again.

Road paint
Paul McCartan (top picture)

We have been in touch with the contractor who carried out the work... Following this, we will be reviewing our contract with them. We cannot accept mistakes like this happening again.”

Cllr Neil PooleNorth Lincolnshire Council

Table Tennis club strapped for cash

Andy Marsters

BBC Radio Humberside

A Hull table tennis club is appealing for help in order to keep their young players competing at a national level. 

Ten young players at the St.Mary's Table Tennis Club are in the UK top 100. 

They now need new kit and equipment in order to meet national guidelines. Head coach Shane Bradley says they are finding it difficult to meet costs:

Get cultured up!

Kofi Smiles

BBC Face of Hull 2017

You won't want to miss the second episode of Britain's City of Culture tonight on BBC One.

Turn the sound up!  

Watch: Moment car crashes into five vehicles

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

Two people have been arrested after a car smashed into four vehicles parked on a Cleethorpes street.

Dramatic scenes of the crash, which happened on Barcroft Street on Wednesday afternoon, were captured on CCTV by resident Stewart Wilson.

The footage shows passengers from the car walking away from the accident, with one carrying a dog.

Humberside Police say nobody was injured.

A 23-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman were arrested in connection with the collision.

The 23-year-old remains in custody.

Sea of Hull nude artworks to be unveiled

Jo Makel

BBC Look North

Thousands of people who stripped naked and were painted blue in the name of art in Hull last year, will get to see the finished photographs later. 

The "Sea of Hull" by Spencer Tunick will go on show to the public tomorrow, but those who took part will get a special preview tonight. 

It'll be part of an exhibition at the Feren's Art Gallery called "Skin"

Sea of Hull
Ferens Art Gallery/ Spencer Tunick

Spice drug being taken on the streets of NE Lincolnshire

Sally Fairfax

BBC Radio Humberside

A drug called Spice is being taken more by homeless people in North East Lincolnshire. 

Its a synthetic drug which can leave people in a so-called zombie-like state and cause hallucinations and psychosis. 

Outreach workers in North East Lincolnshire have told the BBC they've seen a rise in the number of homeless people taking Spice and they're seeing teenagers selling it on the streets. 

Martin Williams is the street outreach co-ordinator at Harbour Place in Grimsby...

Hull company wins prestigious award for second time

Richard Madden

BBC Radio Humberside

A Hull company which designs rooms to protect sailors from attack has won a second Queen's Award for Enterprise. 

Crewshield makes "safe rooms" disguised as shipping containers for crews to hide in in the event of terrorist or pirate attacks. 

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are the highest official accolades for businesses within the UK.  

Director Lawrie Hodges says it's a great achievement for a small company.

East Yorkshire prepares for Tour de Yorkshire

Suzy Lawson

Broadcast Journalist

With just a week to go until the start of the Tour de Yorkshire, preparations are already under way in communities across East Yorkshire. 

Pocklington has really gone to down with bunting, blue and yellow bicycles and even Tour de Yorkshire ice cream.

The first stage of the cycling race begins in Bridlington next Friday. Last year more than two million people lined the route across Yorkshire. 

You had one job!

Lizzie Rose

BBC Radio Humberside

Traffic and travel: Heavy traffic on the A159

BBC News Travel

It's much slower than normal on the A159 northbound in Scunthorpe this morning. 

It's especially bad between the Burringham Road traffic lights and the A18 - try to avoid it if you can because the delays will add between 15 and 20 minutes to your journey. 

Watch: Weather latest

Jennifer Bartram

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A mild start to the morning with some sunny spells at times.

Turning cloudier later with some light rain or drizzle this evening. Today's top temperature will be about 15C. 

Here's my forecast:

Good morning: Join us for live coverage

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live across East Yorkshire and the Humber. 

I'll be with you throughout the day with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel. 

If you'd like to get in touch about anything at all, you can do so through emailFacebook or Twitter

Severe disruption: A63 East Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A63 East Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between Melton Old Road and Welton Road.

A63 East Yorkshire - A63 in Melton closed westbound between the Melton Old Road junction and the Welton Road junction, because of a spillage on the road.

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

Sea of Hull

Three images from Tunick's Sea of Hull commission will be displayed at Hull's Ferens Art Gallery.

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Severe accident: M62 East Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

M62 East Yorkshire both ways severe accident, at J38 for A63.

M62 East Yorkshire - Very slow traffic on M62 in both directions at J38, A63 (North Cave), because of a rolling road-block, a multi-vehicle accident and debris on the road.

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

Five things we learned today

Kimberley Metcalfe

BBC Local Live, Hull and East Yorkshire

Thank you for joining us today. 

I'll be back with you tomorrow morning from 08:00 but news, sport, weather and travel updates will continue through the evening.

Before I go, lets have a look at five things we didn't know this morning: 

  1. It was a unanimous rejection from East Riding Council over plans for a large biogas plant near Leven
  2.  Burton Fleming has become the area's very first "hedgehog-friendly village"
  3. The BBC Proms will come to Hull for the first time ever 
  4. Ever gone to work and come back a beauty queen?
  5. Number of young carers doubles in four years
The BBC Proms

Five things we've learned today

Lizzie Musham

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Well that's it from me today. 

News, sport, weather and travel updates will continue through the evening and I'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow morning.

For now I'll leave you with five things we've all learned:

Journalist covering story ends up being crowned Miss Grimsby

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Local Live

A newspaper reporter from North East Lincolnshire is getting attention from around the world after she ended up winning a beauty pageant she was sent to cover. 

Laura Gooderham, who works for the Grimsby Telegraph, was spotted when interviewing contestants at the Miss Great Grimsby event and was persuaded to enter.  

Beauty Queen
Grimsby Telegraph

British Steel creating next generation of steelworkers

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Local Live

British Steel has received 5400 applications for 140 trainee positions at its Scunthorpe and Teesside operations. 

The company is in the process of selecting the trainees with most of the new starters being based in Scunthorpe.

The company recently announced that it had ended 2016 in profit and had taken on more than 350 new employees since it was launched in June.

steel worker