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Summary

  1. Visitors and residents celebrate Freedom Festival in Hull
  2. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan speaks to young
  3. Road closures during Hull's Freedom Festival
  4. Updates on Friday, 1 September

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By Jonathan Willis

All times stated are UK

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Five things we've learned today

Jonathan Willis

BBC Look North

We're back on Monday from 08:00 with more news from around the area.

Before we go here's five things we learned today:

Have a wonderful weekend. if you're going to Freedom Festival have a great time

To see what's on this evening and throughout the weekend click here.

This photo was taken this morning and I am sure there will be loads of amazing images coming out of this weekend's cultural event.

freedom festival this morning
Freedom Festival

Coming up on Look North tonight

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East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here's Peter Levy with tonight's headlines on Look North:

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Biologist's drawings on display at Hull's Deep

Jonathan Willis

BBC Look North

A series of images by German Biologist, Ernst Haeckel will go on show at The Deep from today.

Ernst Haeckel's drawinf
The Deep

This is the first time Haeckel’s work has been showcased in a public gallery in the UK since his death in 1919.

Hundreds of his images were put together to create 10 volumes.

Many of the organisms included within these collections were first described and classified by Haeckel himself.

Weather Forecast: Evening showers will fade away

BBC Weather

Evening showers will die away after dusk, with clear spells expected overnight . It will become cool towards dawn

On Saturday it will be a dry and cool start with mist patches clearing. Often dry and sunny. A few light afternoon showers are possible.

On Sunday it will start off sunny but cloud will increase with some light rain later.

Weather forecast
BBC

Bridlington's hospital services 'not under threat'

Vicky Johnson

BBC Look North

The York Teaching Hospitals Trust says there's no threat to services at Bridlington Hospital because of its financial situation.

Bridlington hospital
Google streetview

The trust runs Bridlington Hospital and it revealed earlier this week that it will run out of cash soon and is organising loans to tide it over.

It says its financial problems are partly due to the rising cost of hiring agency and locum staff.

It says it's working on a financial recovery plan.

Heavy congestion around Hull City Centre

Jonathan Willis

BBC Look North

There is still heavy congestion on a number of roads around Hull city centre.

Hull City centre
AA

There are reports of an overturned lorry on Bank Side causing problems to traffic flow.

The BBC's Carl Wheatley has told us that it's taken him nearly an hour to get from the BBC offices in Hull to Hull Royal Infirmary, a journey which take 10 minutes on a normal day.

Freedom Festival: Haircuts by children, do you dare to go in?

Jonathan Willis

BBC Look North

As part of the Freedom Festival a shop has been opened up in the city centre, where festival goers can get their haircut..... by children.

Haircuts for Children
Ian Youngs

Hulll 2017 chairman Rosie Millard is one of the lucky customers to take a seat.

Roise Millard
Rosie Millard

This was the end result. Don't worry Rosie it looks like the heads behind you had a difficult experience.

Rosie Millard
Rosie Millard

Walton Street car park shut from today

Gill Sennett

BBC Local Live

The gates on Walton Street car park in Hull are to be locked from today - unless there's a market, football match or another event on at the KCOM Stadium.

Walton Street car park
Google street view

Hull City Council say it's to stop unauthorised access and improve security at around the football ground.

If you leave you car there it will be locked in and you could get a £75 fine.

Bus company 'doing best' to keep services going in Hull

Jonathan Willis

BBC Look North

East Midlands Stage Coach have sent this tweet saying that they're doing the best to keep services running.

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Spoil heap to be removed in Grimsby

Jonathan Willis

BBC Look North

Developers of a site on Humberston Avenue in Grimsby have promised to remove a spoil heap, after complaints from people living locally.

Spoil heap to be removed
Longhurst Group

Initially steps were taken to cover the spoil heap, but it has now been decided to remove it after people living nearby said it ruined the outlook for certain properties.

Local MP Martin Vickers says he's pleased the developers have listened to the concerns of people.

Travel news: Big traffic queues around Hull city centre

Jonathan Willis

BBC Look North

There are reports of heavy traffic around Hull city centre causing delays to journeys.

Hull City centre
AA

The Hull Explorer says its tour bus is experiencing delays of 35 minutes at all stops due to heavy traffic.

Bus company EYMS says traffic is a nightmare. They are reporting big queues of traffic around the city centre.

P&O have tweeted that ferry passengers should allow more time because of this weekend's Freedom Festival.

New later bus service for Cherry Burton and Etton residents

Jonathan Willis

BBC Look North

A bus company is to launch a new service to help two villages near Beverley following a request from residents.

The service is provided by Acklams coaches
Acklams coaches

Villagers in Cherry Burton appealed to councils and bus operators to provide a later service back from Beverley on weekdays, as the last bus currently leaves from the town at 15.35 during school term times, and 15.00 during school holidays.

As a result, Acklams Coaches, which is based in Beverley, has agreed to divert one of its existing buses to provide a later journey to Cherry Burton and Etton from Beverley.

The new service will begin Monday 4 September and will run from Monday to Friday, departing from Beverley Sow Hill Bus Station at 17:10 during school term times.

Drinking water fountains to open in Hull

David Harrison

BBC Radio Humberside

Three new drinking fountains are opening in Hull City Centre today.

Drinking water fountains to open
BBC

They've been installed by Yorkshire Water and are designed to take people on a route from King Edward Square to the Marina via Queen's Gardens.

It's hoped that it will encourage people to drink more water.

Cod Wars weapon presented to Hull Maritime Museum

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

An underwater device used by Icelandic fishermen to sabotage British trawlers during the Cod Wars has been presented to Hull Maritime Museum.

Warp cutter
Hull City Council

Warp cutters were developed by the Icelandic Coastguard to cut the nets of foreign vessels during a bitter conflict with the UK, which started when Iceland imposed a limit on how much fish could be caught in its waters in the 1970s.

It was presented to the museum as part of a visit by civic leaders from Reykjavik.

Two men holding a souvenir
Hull City Council

In return, a "souvenir of friendship" was presented to Icelandic retired coastguard Gylfi Giersson, Hull City Council said.

Reykjavik and Hull are Sister Cities, and for a good reason... Both are great cultural cities, and it is our hope and certainty that the common bond that unites us will continue to be strong"

Líf MagneudottirPresident of Reykjavik City Council and Deputy Mayor

Les Girafes to parade through Hull this evening

Jonathan Willis

BBC Look North

People in Hull this evening can expect a carnival atmosphere as Compagnie Off present Les Girafes.

Les Girafes
Freedom Festival
Les Girafes
Freedom Festival
Les Girafes
Freedom Festival

The event begins at 20.00 and starts in King Edward Square.

Help wanted to find owners of sunken boats

Paul Murphy

BBC Look North

People living in East Yorkshire are being asked to help find the owners of 10 sunken boats in the River Hull between Tickton and Beverley Beck.

Beverley Beck
Google street view

East Riding of Yorkshire Council plans to remove the vessels later this month.

The boats will be re-floated and lifted from the river.

It's hoped that clearing the river will help improve the flow and reduce the risk of flooding.

Grimsby's ice arena changes hands

Gill Sennett

BBC Local Live

Grimsby's Ice arena is being handed over today, to the people who use it.

Ice skates
BBC

North East Lincolnshire Council had wanted to close the town's rink because it was too expensive for them to run.

But the Grimsby Ice Rink Community Group campaigned to keep it open.

The plans which were approved by the council last month will secure the ice-rink's future in the town.

Your headlines this lunch time

Richard Madden

BBC Radio Humberside

Your headlines across East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire this morning:

Icelandic warp cutter

The Icelandic Coastguard donates a device used to damage fishing nets to Hull Maritime Museum.

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Kofi's top 10 for Freedom Festival

Kofi Smiles

BBC Face of Hull 2017

With over 200 events planned for this weekend's Freedom Festival it can be overwhelming trying to decide what to see.

Here's my top 10 choices for the weekend:

Grimsby film highlighting addiction to go nationwide

BBC Radio Humberside

The stories of people from North East Lincolnshire who have come through drug and alcohol addictions are going to be shared with others across the UK.

Drug addiction
BBC

A film submitted by the Foundations service, which is based in Grimsby, has been short-listed for a national award.

It tells the story of some of their peer mentors, who have come through addictions themselves and now work to help others.

It will now be shown to similar organisations around the country.

This is the first time we have ever done anything like this. The first time we came across it we thought it was a really good idea to get some people to talk about the steps in their recovery"

Melanie Farley,Team Manager at Foundations

Former UN General Secretary speaks to young people in Hull

Crispin Rolfe

Reporter, BBC Look North

Former General Secretary Kofi Annan is speaking to young people in Hull as part of the Freedom Festival.

Kofi Annan
BBC

He will also deliver the keynote speech in Hull tomorrow morning.

The Hull Youth Enterprise have sent this tweet letting people who have tickets know that it's taking place at 11.30 not 15.30 as originally being advertised.

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2017's Rosie Millard is excited about seeing Kofi Annan

Jonathan Willis

BBC Look North

Hull 2017's chairman Rosie Millard has tweeted her excitement as she prepares to meet former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan.

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Kofi Annan will deliver a keynote speech to the Freedom Festival this weekend.

What can we expect from Freedom festival?

Jonathan Willis

BBC Look North

The organisers of this year's Freedom Festival say they want a European feel to the city and have promised to, "keep the party going longer."

Freedom Festival
Freedom Festival

The new Festival Tent in Queens Gardens will be transformed into a festival party for one and all after 10pm on both Friday and Saturday night.

Best bus
Freedom Festival

The Beats Bus is a mobile recording studio. Music workshops will be run by local Hip Hop favourites giving young people of the city a chance to express themselves

Freedom Festival
Freedom Festival

Amortal Combat is a dance-theatre, music, humour street show dealing with duels, duos, love and hatred in 25 minutes.

Guy Martin to make new world record attempt

Amanda White

BBC East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Grimsby racing legend Guy Martin could break another world record in our area this weekend.

Guy Martin
BBC

The TT star first broke the world record for speed on a Wall of Death in March last year, clocking 78 mph.

The Wall of Death will make an appearance at a Kirmington pub this weekend, with Guy tipped to make another world record bid.

Disruption expected on Northern Rail services

BBC Radio Humberside

Train passengers are facing disruption this morning as Northern Rail workers go on strike.

Northern Rail
BBC

Members of the RMT union are taking part in industrial action over plans to cut the number of guards on trains.

They are also planning on walking out on Monday. Northern runs services across East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.

We are trying very hard with the RMT trade union to find a solution to this and we ask that they work along side us to explore how we might staff trains and stations in the future. We would welcome them to come back around the table and have serious talks about our modernisation programme.

Sharon KeithNorthern Rail

Hull's Freedom festival gets under way

Kofi Smiles

BBC Face of Hull 2017

The Freedom Festival gets under way in Hull today with more than 100,000 people expected to attend over the course of the weekend.

Kofi Annan arrived at Humberside airport
BBC

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Festival and features a keynote speech by former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan, pictured above arriving at Humberside airport yesterday.

It will also see music, comedy and other cultural activities take place throughout the city centre over the next three days.

Weather: Cool but bright start to the day

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a cool but bright start to the day with any fog or mist patches soon clearing.

Here's my full weather forecast:

Join us for today's live coverage

Jonathan Willis

BBC Look North

Hello and welcome to today's live feed across East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire on Friday 1 September.

I'm Jonathan and I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport and travel from across the area throughout the day until 18:00.

Just to remind everyone there is a strike on Northern trains today. Don't get caught out like I did.

Please get in touch and let us know what's happening where you are by email, Facebook or Twitter.

Hull 2017 director Martin Green

Ian Youngs

Entertainment reporter

A leading playwright writes a City of Culture satire - commissioned by the organisers themselves.

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Five things we've learned today

Jonathan Willis

BBC Look North

We're back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news from around the area.

Before we go here's five things we learned today:

Hull's cruise terminal plans 'progressing'

Plans for a new cruise terminal for Hull are progressing, according to the leader of Hull City Council.

The Deep
BBC

The preferred location for the £17m terminal is near The Deep at Sammy Point.

Stephen Brady says he's confident Hull will get a cruise terminal:

We're talking to the government now. They're very warm towards the idea, to have the cruise terminal in Hull"

Stephen BradyLeader, Hull City Council

Our headlines on Look North tonight

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Here are the headlines from BBC Look North Tonight. Tune in from 18.30 on BBC One.

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Weather forecast this evening

BBC Weather

This evening cloud will build with the possibility of scattered slow-moving showers developing.

Any showers will soon die out with a fine and chilly night to follow as skies clear.

Winds will remain light.

Weather Forecast
BBC

Images of Scunthorpe people smuggler released

Gill Sennett

BBC Local Live

The Home Office has released images of a man from Scunthorpe who was sentenced to three and a half years in jail for people smuggling.

Huzaifi Hasan Musa
Home Office

Huzaifi Hasan Musa, 22, of Mary Street, Scunthorpe, was caught after the van he was driving was stopped by border force officers in France.

Five were found in the van
Home Office

Five Iraqi nationals, including one child, were found hidden in cabinets.

They were found hidden in cabinets
Home Office

UK Border Force says people like Musa put vulnerable lives at risk.

Woman hiding in cabinet
Home Office

Man airlifted to hospital after A166 smash

Jonathan Willis

BBC Look North

A man's been airlifted to hospital following an accident on the A166 Garrowby Hill near Pocklington.

Police were called to the incident involving two cars - a white Ford Kuga and a black Porsche near Bugthorpe at around 13:30 BST this afternoon.

Two men were taken to hospital in York and another was taken via air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary following the accident.

Road closures are currently in place and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Scunthorpe man jailed for people smuggling attempt

Gill Sennett

BBC Local Live

A man from Scunthorpe has been jailed for three and a half years after he attempted to smuggle a child and four people into the UK hidden in cabinets.

Home Office
Home Office

Huzaifi Hasan Musa, 22, of Mary Street, Scunthorpe, was caught after the van he was driving was stopped by border force officers in France.

A woman and child were found in one cabinet and three men in another. All five were Iraqi nationals.

Musa claimed that he had been to visit his step-grandmother near Dunkirk though he couldn’t provide an address to officers and said that he had taken her furniture because he had intended to throw it all away.

People smugglers like Musa exploit the vulnerable and put lives at risk"

Paul MorganUK Border Force

Road closures announced for Hull's Freedom Festival

Jonathan Willis

BBC Look North

A number of roads will be closed in and around Hull city centre this afternoon for this weekend's Freedom Festival.

Freedom Festival
BBC

Festival organisers say the closures will allow people to walk around the site.

The roads will be re-opened on Monday.

Traffic News: A166 closed in both directions

BBC News Travel

The A166 is closed both ways because of an accident between Barf Lane and Garrowby Road.

A166
AA

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is also in attendance.