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Summary

  1. No end-of-year party for Hull 2017
  2. Charges dropped in missing woman case
  3. Man jailed for 16 years for child sex offences
  4. Bakery invests in new factory
  5. Warden consultation to end
  6. Going plastic-free to protect the environment
  7. Updates on Friday 15 December 2017

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By Louise Wheeler

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Sol Bamba and his Cardiff team-mates celebrate

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Sol Bamba's header helps Cardiff City keep the pressure on Championship leaders Wolves while Hull hover above the drop zone.

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Louise Wheeler

BBC Local Live

That's it from us for today. We'll be back on Monday morning with more news, sport, weather and travel.

Meanwhile here are five things we have learned today:

In pictures: Behind the scenes of a new multi-million pound hotel

Katy Austin

BBC Look North, Business Correspondent

A Look behind the scenes of the new £25m Double Tree hotel in Hull.

It's a four star hotel in the city centre.

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Bakery investment of £40m

Hull baker Jackson's is investing 40-million pounds in a second bakery.

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It's being built in Corby in Northamptonshire. Currently two million loaves are made in Hull every week.

The new bakery is being designed specifically to make bread for sandwich manufacturers.

Your views: Plastic straws and the environment

BBC Look North

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Are plastic drinking straws really needed in pubs and bars?

They take centuries to break down and decompose, and some places in Hull say they'll now stop using them.

You've been getting in touch with us on our Facebook page:

I've noticed they are no longer kept on the bar so people can help themselves. Trouble is, when you buy a mixer, you need something to stir it with. I'd be happy if they supplied a metal rod or something or stirred it for me but if it comes with all the alcohol on the bottom and all the lemonade on the top, I begrudgingly ask for a straw to stir it with."

Jill

The world is going mad! If you ban these it will be the last straw."

Keith

I have to use a straw if they put ice in the drink owing to sensitive teeth."

Bev
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Unsung hero award announced this weekend

BBC Sport

A North Lincolnshire man who won the BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire unsung hero award will find out if he's won the national award this weekend.

Stuart Usher from Messingham has been recognised for his work running a martial arts class for children.

Liz Brown explains why she nominated him for the award.

You can see who wins the national unsung hero award on Sunday on BBC One from 17:00.

Stuart Usher
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Watch: The weather this weekend

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Brisk northerly winds will bring showers and sunny spells, these showers wintry, especially over hills, but showers becoming confined to coastal areas later.

Feeling chilly, but temperatures will be slightly higher near the coast with stronger winds.

Watch: Going plastic-free to protect to the environment

Paul Murphy

BBC Look North

Some pubs in Hull have agreed to stop giving out plastic straws - following concerns about the impact on the environment.

Billions of straws are thrown away in the UK every year, but take decades to break down.

There are now calls to make Hull one of the UK's leading plastics-free cities.

Your headlines this afternoon

Natalie Glanvill

Reporter BBC Radio Humberside

Concerns children lack vital skills

Tim Iredale

Political editor, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

A Government Minister and Yorkshire MP says many children from poorer families aren't learning vital skills, like being able to use a knife and fork.

In an interview for this weekend's Sunday Politics in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, the Children's Minister and Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill says many youngsters aren't being taught basic social skills.

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His comments come as the Education Secretary Justine Greening announces £23m to support bright children from poorer backgrounds in England whose talent might otherwise be "wasted".

It is part of a new Department for Education social mobility strategy.

Farmers warn new administration fees will affect business

Paul Murphy

BBC Look North

Livestock farmers in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire say huge increases in administration charges imposed by the Environment Agency could threaten their livelihood.

Pigs at farm
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The amount they will have to pay for a permit to set up some pig and poultry farms is set to double to more than £7,000.

The National Farmers' Union (NFU) say the proposals could see costs spiral and prevent the industry from expanding and are urging a re-think.

Putting shipping containers to good use

Natalie Glanvill

Reporter BBC Radio Humberside

A community farm in Hull city centre will soon have a shop and cafe made out of shipping containers.

The Rooted in Hull project, next to the former Rank Hovis mill, teaches people about growing fruit & vegetables in an urban environment.

You'll soon be able to buy the produce and there are plans to hold exhibitions and classes there too.

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UK must tackle loneliness - Jo Cox Commission report

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is tackling loneliness and isolation as a priority.

The issue was discussed at a meeting last night.

It comes as the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission has found a new national strategy is needed to address the problem - the MP had started work on the issue before she was murdered last year.

Loneliness poster
Jo Cox Foundation

Watch: What's on in the City of Culture

For the last time in 2017, Kofi Smiles has his weekly guide to what's on in Hull.

And this time it's a Christmas special!

Severe disruption: M62 East Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 East Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, between J36 for A614 and J35 for M18.

M62 East Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound between J36, A614 (Goole) and J35, M18 (Langham), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Your views: Hull 2017 highlights

Hull 2017: UK City of Culture

Hull's year in the spotlight is almost over. What's been your favourite part? You've been getting in touch with us.

7 Alleys, flood, Longhill burn, pride, Duckie's Tea Party, Macnas Parade. Amazing. Loved them all. I think my favourite still has to be Made in Hull. I wish they could run that again. That was amazing.

Jill

Have always been proud to be Hull born and bred! This has been an amazing year for this wonderful city! I've seen so many wonderful things it's really impossible to chose one event!

Lynn

Made in Hull.....amazing...

Roberta
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Charges dropped in missing woman case

A man due to stand trial in connection to a missing woman from Hull has had the charges against him dropped.

Renata Antczak
Humberside Police

Renata Antczak, 49, was last seen near her home in the city after dropping her daughter off at school on 25 April.

Robert Lipinski, 45, was accused of two counts of conspiracy to administer a noxious substance, but the prosecution offered no evidence against him.

At Hull Crown Court on Thursday, Mr Lipinski, of Emerald Grove, was told he was free to leave.

Ms Antczak's dentist husband Majid Mustafa, 47, still faces two counts of the same charge.

A further hearing involving Mr Mustafa is due to take place at the same court on 8 January.

Warden consultation to end

A consultation on plans to reduce the number of wardens in sheltered accommodation ends today.

Critics say reducing the number of wardens will put lives at risk and residents have held protests against the plans.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council says any changes will provide a more tailored service for people's individual needs

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In Pictures: Colourful skies

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Colourful skies over East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire. Pictures taken by our BBC Weather Watchers.

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Hull 2017: No end-of-year party

Hull 2017: UK City of Culture

The man in charge of Hull's City of Culture says there won't be a big end-of-year party because it's not the end.

Martin Green says a closing event would have cost hundreds of thousand of pounds and that money can be better spent on legacy programmes.

He's encouraging people to celebrate with friends and family in the city's pubs, clubs and restaurants.

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Man jailed for 16 years for child sexual offences

A 54-year-old man has been given a 16-year prison sentence at Sheffield Crown Court after sexually abusing teenage girls across the country.

Craig Lewis
South Yorkshire Police

Craig Lewis, 54, from College Road, Cranwell, Lincolnshire, was found guilty of child grooming, sexual assault and causing a child to watch a sex act.

He abused three teenage girls aged between 13 and 14 from Rotherham, Grimsby and Oxford.

An investigation began a year ago after an anonymous referral made to the NSPCC was reported to police.

Officers then discovered Lewis had used online social media apps to meet one of the victims, encouraging her to share photos and videos of herself.

Searching his mobile phone activity, officers identified two more victims and, with assistance from both Lincolnshire and Oxfordshire Police, Lewis was charged with the remaining offences.

Det Con Elizabeth Portman, from South Yorkshire Police, said it took incredible courage for Lewis's victims to report the abuse:

Lewis's actions were absolutely despicable as he knew the ages of his victims and continued to commit the sexual abuse. I'm glad he has now been punished and I hope the victims are able to take some assurance in knowing he has been brought to justice."

Det Con Elizabeth PortmanSouth Yorkshire Police

Hull City of Culture 2017 events attract millions

More than 3.5 million people attended City of Culture events in Hull, the city council has said.

Among the biggest draws was the Blade installation - a 250ft (75m) rotor blade artwork - which attracted about one million visitors.

Artist Paul Cummins' poppy installation was seen by more than 800,000 people.

The city's museums have also notched up a record one million visits since the city began its reign as UK City of Culture in January.

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It is the busiest the free attractions have been since records began in 1960, the council said.

Hotels in the city have also reported a surge in bookings, according to the authority.

Watch: Friday's weather

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A cold and frosty start to the day.

Here's my full forecast:

Join us for today’s live coverage

Louise Wheeler

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to Local Live for Friday 15 December.

My name’s Louise and I’ll be bringing you the latest news, sport and travel from across the area throughout the day.

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

Goodbye: Five things we've learned today

That's it from me today, but we'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Before I go, here are five things we didn't know this morning:

Watch: Here's Peter Levy with tonight's headlines

Watch the full stories on BBC One at 18:30.

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Hospital trust confirms ward closures

The trust that runs Bridlington Hospital has confirmed two wards will be consolidated leaving one permanent closure.

Bridlington Hospital sign
BBC

Waters and Johnson wards at Bridlington Hospital will be consolidated.

The Waters ward will then be permanently closed.

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust closed the two wards in October due to recruitment pressures and says it will now be working with the unions to support staff through the transition.

North East Lincolnshire gets £8m in funding

Lara King

North East Lincolnshire reporter

It's been revealed that North East Lincolnshire is set to receive £8.4m worth of investment.

Funding for the projects has come from a number of sources – the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the European Union's Regional Development Funds as well as North East Lincolnshire Council.

The money will be spent on a new business park, a new road to link the ports of Immingham and Grimsby and a nature reserve.

Figures show Christmas period tough on mental health

Research by the mental health charity Mind shows that Yorkshire and the Humber has the highest proportion of people who are too embarrassed to admit they are lonely at Christmas.

Anonymous picture of man suffering from depression
BBC

It found two out of five people in the region are too embarrassed to admit they are lonely, and also found that one in 10 consider taking their own life because of the festive period .

The charity says the Christmas period can be particularly challenging, highlighting the feeling of loneliness, and is working towards ensuring people have the support they need.

Hull MP brings up plight of city's rough sleepers

Government figures show the number of people who've become homeless in England has gone up.

More than 15,000 households were accepted by councils as homeless in the three months to the end of September, representing a six per cent rise on the previous quarter .

The Hull North Labour MP Diana Johnson (pictured below) raised the issue in the Commons this morning after she was contacted about rough sleepers in Hull city centre.

Diana Johnson MP
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In response, Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom agreed the situation was disturbing and said the government was trying to tackle the issue.

Successful fly-tipping prosecutions falling

The number of successful fly-tipping prosecutions in Yorkshire and the Humber has fallen by more than 50% in five years.

BBC research also found the number of incidents in our area has gone up by 24% in that time.

Fly-tipping
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Nearly £4.5m was spent on clearing up in the region during the period.

The environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy says the threat of prosecution isn't working.

The amount of prosecutions that are going to criminal courts are very small and the amount of large fines that are being handed out, i.e. over a £1,000, are again less than 10%"

Alison Ogden-NewtonChief Executive, Keep Britain Tidy

Elderly Hull man targeted by bogus builders

An elderly Hull man was the victim of a scam by "builders" last month.

The incident happened at a property in the city on 23 November.

Men claiming to have been sent by his son took down the guttering of the house and left the work unfinished despite being paid.

Officers are appealing for witnesses and offering advice on how to prevent similar situations happening.

Bridlington ward closure to be 'permanent'

BBC Radio Humberside

Bosses at Bridlington hospital have told staff that a trial closure of Water's Ward will be made permanent from as early as next year.

Here's the report from Radio Humberside:

Boy arrested on suspicion of Royal Mail delivery van theft

Humberside Police says a 15-year-old boy from Hull has been arrested on suspicion of the theft of two post sacks from Royal Mail delivery vans.

Royal Mail delivery vans
BBC

Yesterday the force issued a warning to delivery drivers in the city to watch out for thieves targeting their vehicles as they make their rounds.

Officers say there have been a number of incidents recently in Hull where thieves have use motorbikes, allowing them to make a quick getaway after snatching items.

Sir Ian Botham appointed Scunthorpe United club president

Scunthorpe United have appointed former England cricketer Sir Ian Botham as their new club president.

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Botham, 62, scored over 7,000 runs and took more than 500 wickets for England and also played professional football, making 11 appearances for Scunthorpe between 1980 and 1985.

He is the club's first president since John Godfrey, who died in 2015.

Help for homeless on offer from council

People who are homeless or at risk of being homeless are being asked by North Lincolnshire Council to get in touch.

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The council says it has a housing advice team on hand to provide support.

Overnight accommodation is also available to anyone sleeping rough during this cold spell.

The local authority is also working with The Forge Project in Scunthorpe which offers a befriending service and warm meals.

The Forge will be open on selected days during the holiday period and more details are available on their website.

Council views sites for new Scunthorpe market

North Lincolnshire Council says it's looking at a couple of possible sites for a new indoor market in Scunthorpe town centre, adding a street market alone is not an option.

It's all part of plans to invest £60m in the centre.

Scunthorpe Market
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Now 19,000 people have signed a petition against the idea of moving the market from the current location on to the high street, with a meeting being held to discuss the situation today.

The council says negotiations on the new site are in the final stages and should be concluded in the new year.

Council warning over puppies from unlicensed breeders

People thinking of buying a dog shouldn't buy them on social media or newspaper adverts according to council licensing officials.

They say many of the puppies sold in this way are reared under dubious conditions.

Puppies is rescue shelter
BBC

Last year East Riding of Yorkshire Council investigated eight allegations of unlicensed dog breeders operating in the area.

The council says it's best to buy from an authorised breeder or a rescue centre.