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  1. Couple guilty of manslaughter of homeless man in Grimsby
  2. Lorry hits bridge closing the A63 prompting long delays
  3. New Port of Hull deal 'a great success for city'
  4. RMT members at Northern stage new 24-hour rail strike
  5. Humberside Police bodycams get go-ahead
  6. Wheelie bin warning for Grimsby residents
  7. Scrap metal raises thousands for North Lincolnshire schools
  8. Live updates on Thursday 24 May 2018

Live Reporting

By Caroline Brockelbank

All times stated are UK

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Today's top stories

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

Updates on breaking news will continue throughout the night.

Tonight's weather

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Plenty of late sunshine at first, but cloud will quickly build as showers start to encroach from the southeast.

It'll be an increasingly cloudy night with further showers that could be thundery.

Weather graphic

A63 is safe to reopen after bridge inspection

The engineer inspecting a bridge over the A63, which had been damaged after a lorry struck it and shed it's load, has said the bridge is safe enough for the A63 to reopen.

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The A63 has been closed for almost four hours and there are long delays in the area.

Improvement for Humberside Police

Humberside Police have improved sufficiently and will no longer require special "engagement" with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

Humberside Police HQ

Humberside Police was graded as inadequate in 2015.

HMIC say the force has made enough progress in addressing the concerns it raised.

The force will now be under the normal inspection routine.

I think that the decision of HMIC reflects the efforts of our officers and support staff who have been working hard, along with senior leaders, to make sure that improvements are made...there is more to do and we will keep the momentum going as we continue to make even more improvements"

Lee FreemanChief Constable Humberside Police

Controlled explosion of explosive device

A bomb disposal unit removed an explosive device found in Snaith today and carried out a controlled explosion at another location.

The device was found at a property on High Street and the road has now been re-opened after it had been closed due to public safety concerns.

Coming up on Look North tonight

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Yorkshire could see badger culling

There could be more badger culls in England as the government steps up action to tackle outbreaks of bovine TB in cattle.


The Environment Minister, George Eustice, says badger control measures can now take place in the so-called Low Risk Area, which includes large parts of northern and eastern England.

Permission will only be given in "very exceptional circumstances".

The government said that would be when an area is judged to meet the criteria for a bovine TB 'hotspot'.

Engineer checking bridge over A63

The A63 is still closed in both directions but an engineer is now at the scene to see if a bridge which goes over the road is safe.

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It's after a lorry hit the bridge and shed it's load.

There are big queues around the area and diversions are in place.

Long tailbacks on the A63

The A63 is experiencing significant traffic queues after a lorry hit a bridge earlier and shed its load:

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Drivers are being warned to avoid the area and the Highways Agency has said the road could be closed for sometime.

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Couple guilty of manslaughter of homeless man

A couple have been found guilty of the manslaughter of a homeless man who died following an attack on a Grimsby street.

Tributes left to Tony Richardson

Anthony Richardson, 45, died in hospital after he was assaulted outside the Halifax Bank in Old Market Place on 15 January.

Marc Finnie, 44, and his wife Sarah, 36, of Sutcliffe Avenue, Grimsby, will be sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday.

A 35-year-old man was found not guilty of assisting an offender.

A63 could be 'closed for hours' warning

Highways England are warning that a closure of the A63, between South Cave and the Humber Bridge, will remain in place for sometime.

It comes after a lorry hit a bridge and shed some of its metal load.

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Bomb disposal unit called to Snaith

The bomb disposal unit have been called to Snaith.

Humberside Police say they were called to the High Street just before 11:30 to reports of an unidentified explosive device within a property.

They add they're working with officers from the bomb squad to establish if the device is dangerous and to ensure public safety.

A police cordon is in place around the Ramsey Row end of the High Street.

Main route in and out of Hull closed

A lorry has hit a bridge and shed part of the metal it was carrying - the collision has forced the closure of the A63 in both directions between the Welton Road turn off at Brough and the A1034.

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Humberside Police say a structural engineer has been called and the debris will need to be cleared before the road can reopen.

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Traffic is already building but diversions have been put in place.

Traffic on A63

Sport: Kyle Edmund to find out French Open opponent

Beverley's British number one tennis player Kyle Edmund will find out later today who he'll face in the first round of the French Open.

Kyle Edmund

The draw is taking place at 18:00 tonight.

Edmund, who's ranked 17 in the world, made it through to the third round in Paris last year, his best run at the tournament, which gets underway on Sunday.

Severe disruption: A63 East Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A63 East Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between Welton Road and A1034 affecting M62 J38.

A63 East Yorkshire - A63 in Welton closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Welton Road junction and the A1034 junction, because of a vehicle striking a bridge. Diversion in operation - Westbound follow the Hollow Square via the A15, A164, A1079, A1034. Eastbound follow the Hollow Triangle along A1034, A1079, A164 and A15 and re-join the A63 (E/B. Congestion to North Cave and to North Ferriby.

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

Police concern over missing Grimsby man

Have you seen William O'Boyle? He's been missing from Grimsby since early this month and police say they're increasingly concerned for his welfare.

William O'Boyle
Humberside Police

The 39-year-old was last seen on Freeman Street in Grimsby and hasn't contacted his family and friends since he went missing.

Mr O'Boyle is described as white, about 5ft 11ins tall, of slim build with dark brown hair.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is being asked to contact police.

Your headlines this lunchtime

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

Bridlington Harbour up for national award

Bridlington will find out later whether it's been named the UK Fishing Port of the Year.

Bridlington Harbour

Also shortlisted is Brixham in Devon, Cullivoe in Shetland, and Fraserburgh and Peterhead in Scotland.

The winner will be announced this evening at an awards ceremony hosted by Fishing News in Aberdeen.

Sport: Hull KR coach contract up for discussion

Hull Kingston Rovers coach Tim Sheens has confirmed publicly for the first time that he is in discussions over extending his current contract with the club.

Tim Sheens

Robins chairman Neil Hudgell revealed initial plans to do so at the end of last season, but Sheens had previously distanced himself from it when asked.

There's been some discussions but there's nothing of any real confirmation and nothing i'm prepared to talk about anyway. It's just one of those things, myself and management have had a chat but we'll wait and see."

Tim SheensHull Kingston Rovers coach

Tractors and owls form sculpture trail

A trail of tractor and owl sculptures have been created in North Lincolnshire.

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The 26 pieces of art have been designed and created by community groups, during workshops held with local artists, in Winterton.

The trail is free and opens to the public tomorrow. It runs until 14 September.

Map of where sculptures will be
Winterton 2022

Scrap metal raises thousands for schools

Scrap metal is the latest method being used to help raise funds for cash-strapped schools in North Lincolnshire.

Skip filled with washing machines

Mark Ogilvie has put a skip in his garden and persuaded his neighbours to dump their scrap metal in it.

He has raised over £2,500 for Goxhill Primary School and East Halton Primary School in just over a year.

The schools have spent the money on nine laptops and three canvas shelters so classes can be held outside.

New Port of Hull deal 'a great success for city'

A new investment deal will see an additional 30,000 containers entering and leaving Hull's port every year.

Shipping containers

The new Ghent to Hull service will mean three sailings a week between the city and Belgium from Monday.

There are currently 120,000 containers a year passing through the port of Hull.

It's a great success for the port and it's a great success for the city as well. We invested about £50m two years ago and... I'm not sure who said it but 'build it and they will come.' Well, we built it and they've started to come."

Chris BowlasHead of Commercial at ABP
Justin Carney has missed Rovers' last three games with a shoulder injury

Team news as Hull KR host Wigan in Friday's Super League action from KCOM Craven Park (20:00 BST).

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Joe Westerman has returned to Hull this season

Team news as Warrington welcome Hull FC to the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Friday's Super League action (19:45 BST).

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East Yorkshire MP's Brexit boost hope for pubs

Brexit could boost business for pubs across East Yorkshire, according the Conservative MP for East Yorkshire.

Sir Greg Knight is one of the sponsors of a cross-party parliamentary motion calling on the government to provide more support for the British pub industry:

The government says both businesses and customers have saved around £3bn since 2013 due to changes to alcohol duty.

Watch: Thursday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudy and misty start but the sun should come out later.

Here's my full forecast:

Brough hole: Engineers are looking into it...

Investigations are being carried out after a hole appeared in a main road in Brough.

Hole in road

It doesn't look like much at the moment, but engineers are on site to see how big the hole is underneath the surface.

Welton Road and Elloughton Road will be closed today and possibly tomorrow while repairs take place.

Wheelie bin warning in North East Lincolnshire

People living in North East Lincolnshire are being told not to leave their wheelie bins out too long.


North East Lincolnshire Council is sending warning letters as a deterrent in a bid to make the region tidier.

Neil Clark, from the council, says about 400 warning letters have been issued so far.

"We're really pleased that we've already seen a positive improvement across the borough," he says.

Humberside Police bodycams get go-ahead

All Humberside Police officers are to be given body cameras after a recent trial in Hull.


It's one of the last forces in the country to introduce them and will cost £1.7m.

The force hopes the devices will make evidence-gathering quicker and prosecutions easier.

There is evidence that tends to suggest people are less likely to commit assaults on officers when they know their actions are being captured."

Keith HunterHumberside Police and Crime Commissioner

RMT members at Northern stage new 24-hour rail strike

Rail passengers in East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire face disruption as Northern staff stage a 24-hour strike, days after travel chaos when new timetables were introduced.

Northern train

RMT union members at Northern are striking in an ongoing dispute about safety involving driver-only operated trains.

The union said the train operator had declared "war on passengers".

Northern called for "meaningful" talks and said the majority of trains would run between 07:00 and 19:00.

The firm faced widespread criticism over cancellations, delays and the implementation of a new timetable on Monday.

Severe accident: M62 East Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 East Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between J37 for A614 and J36 for A614.

M62 East Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J37, A614 (Howden) and J36, A614 (Goole), because of an accident.

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

Today's top stories

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

Updates on breaking news will continue throughout the evening and night.

Coming up on Look North tonight

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

This evenings forecast

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Sunshine inland this evening will give way to cloudy skies overnight.

Minimum temperature 7C (45F) and a moderate north easterly wind.

Weather graphic

Improving Northern's train services is "number one" priority

Improving Northern's train services are the Department for Transport's number one performance priority, the government has said.

Pacer train and guard

It comes amid widespread criticism of the company over cancellations, delays and the implementation of a new timetable earlier this week.

Chris Grayling said plans to improve the company's performance had been submitted and he will be speaking to managers to discuss future steps.

Chris Grayling

Improving the service for Northern customers is the number one performance priority for my department and we will work with the industry to keep disruption at a minimum."

Chris GraylingSecretary of State for Transport

Severe accident: A1105 East Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A1105 East Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between Walliker Street and Sandringham Street.

A1105 East Yorkshire - A1105 Anlaby Road in Hull blocked and slow traffic westbound between the Walliker Street junction and the Sandringham Street junction, because of an accident involving a car.

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

Watch: New culture company aims high

Absolutely Cultured says its events are going to be ambitious, high quality, surprising and imaginative.

The first event planned happens in August.

Here's Creative Director Katy Fuller talking about their plans:

Cleethorpes to get its long-awaited new lifeboat station

Cleethorpe's new lifeboat station has finally been granted planning permission.

Artist's impression

The plans for the station, which have been on hold for several years now, were approved by North East Lincolnshire Council's planning committee today.

The new station will be built on the beach, in front of the existing station, with its own slipway, better facilities for volunteers and new lifeboat.

Construction is expected to start in December.