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  1. Fatal Grimsby fire 'not suspicious', police confirm
  2. Scunthorpe steelworkers to decide on pension future
  3. £42m upgrade for Humber flood defences
  4. Air Ambulance announced as Tour de Yorkshire charity partner
  5. Live updates on Friday 22 December 2017

Live Reporting

By Suzy Lawson

All times stated are UK

Five things we've learned today

Suzy Lawson

BBC Local Live

That's it from me for today.

We'll be back on Wednesday 27 December with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

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

  1. Flood defences along the Humber will get a £42m upgrade
  2. Security staff at Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Goole hospitals have started wearing body cams
  3. Humberside Police are preparing for a busy "Mad Friday"
  4. There are new owners for a popular North Lincolnshire venue
  5. Yorkshire Ambulance Service becomes the official charity of the Tour de Yorkshire

Have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Ambulance service appeal after high number of calls

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

East Midlands Ambulance Service, which serves northern Lincolnshire, has appealed for people to think twice before calling 999 this afternoon after a responding to a high number of calls.

Paramedic with ambulance

EMAS say to "Please think ‘Is there an alternative service I could use?’".

They recommend contacting your pharmacy, theNHS Choices websiteor calling the non-emergency 101 number before 999 if it's not an emergency.

Hull City: Jarrod Bowen could start at Leeds

Matt Dean

BBC Radio Humberside

Hull City boss Nigel Adkins is hopeful Jarrod Bowen could be back for tomorrow's match at Leeds United.

The forward came off the bench in Saturday's defeat at Cardiff.

Midfielders Markus Henriksen and Kevin Stewart are also set to return but striker Fraizer Campbell is still out.

Jarrod Bowen

Weather: Cloudy, with some drizzle

Keeley Donovan

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to stay cloudy overnight, with fog and drizzle in places.

Light southwesterly winds, with lows of nine celsius (48F).

Weather chart

Investment in body cameras after attacks on staff

Jake Zuckerman

Journalist, BBC Look North

There were more than 150 incidents where staff at hospitals in Grimsby, Goole and Scunthorpe were attacked last year, according to the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust.

That is why it says security staff have been given hi-tech body cameras, to try and deter anti-social behaviour.

The cameras will be worn by the staff who patrol the hospitals and car parks, and have been bought by the security firm which employs them.

Grimsby hospital

The headlines this evening

Richard Madden

BBC Radio Humberside

The latest from the newsroom:

Bridlington footbridge closed due to safety concerns

A railway footbridge in Bridlington is being closed until further notice, following concerns about the safety of the structure.


East Riding of Yorkshire Council says a routine inspection of the bridge between Georgian Way and Bessingby Industrial Estate earlier this month found significant signs of wear and tear with the structure of the bridge.

The authority says it will be shut from Monday 8 January until further notice.

There are plans to build a new bridge in its place.

Beverley nominated for coach holiday award

Suzy Lawson

BBC Local Live

Beverley has been shortlisted in the Coach Friendly Destination category at the British Coach Tourism Awards for the third year running.

The town will be up against Bournemouth, Burnham-on-Sea, Devon, Guildford, Otley and Wells at the awards ceremony in March.

Beverley Minster

Councillor Richard Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and culture at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said:

The town’s coach offer has been developing over the past two years bring new coach operators and their customers to Beverley, as well as providing a better service for those coach operators and customers already visiting the town."

Appeal to find Grimsby man on bail for assault

Police say they are trying to trace 22-year-old Benjamin Lawson from Grimsby.

Mr Lawson was on bail after being arrested on suspicion of assault. He did not meet his bail obligations.

He was arrested by Nottinghamshire Police in Warsop in July.

Benjamin Lawson
Nottinghamshire Police

It's thought he could be in the Grimsby area, but has links to Warsop, Mansfield, Sheffield and Cleethorpes.

Weather: Cloudy, but mild

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a pretty grey and cloudy day for most of us, with the odd spot of rain on higher ground.

Feeling relatively mild too with light winds.

Weather chart

Grandma and granddaughter victims of abuse on train

A grandma and her teenage granddaughter were subject to lewd sexual comments on board a train filled with Grimsby Town football fans at the weekend, according to British Transport Police.

British Transport Police sign

Officers say the 60-year-old and 15-year-old were on the train from Lincoln to Nottingham on Saturday, when they were subjected to unwanted touching and had beer cans thrown at them when they didn't respond.

British Transport Police are appealing for witnesses and say they will do everything to find those responsible.

Bridlington road to reopen for Christmas

A main road in the centre of Bridlington will reopen over the Christmas period, it's been confirmed.

Map of Bridlington

Road works are currently being carried out between Bridge Street and Springfield Avenue as part of multi-million pound plans by East Riding of Yorkshire Council to improve traffic in the town centre.

The authority says the road will be open in one direction from Christmas Eve until Monday 8 January to improve access over the festive period.

Elderly woman punched in face in Hull attack

A 70-year-old woman was punched in the face by a man who tried to force his way into her house in Hull yesterday.

Derby Street, Hull

Officers say the man tried to force his way in to the woman's home on Derby Street at about 06:00 on Thursday morning.

When the woman blocked his way, he punched her in the face, leaving her with injuries to her cheeks and nose.

The woman, who was caring for two young children at the time, was taken to hospital for checks.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact police.

Flood defence investment welcomed by council

Paul Murphy

BBC Look North

Hull City Council has welcomed the announcement of £42m worth of government funding to improve flood defences on the Humber.

Flooding in Hessle

The money will be used to inspect and improve defences in and around Hull, which the Environment Agency says will help protect 113,000 properties.

Rachel Glossop, Flood Risk Manager at Hull City Council said:

It shows the real commitment to the city, to allow Hull to continue to grow. It means we're one step ahead with the flood defences and doing something about climate change now."

Your headlines this lunchtime

Richard Madden

BBC Radio Humberside

The top stories from our Hull newsroom so far today include:

Holton-le-Clay body identified as missing teenager

A body found in Lincolnshire this week is that of a teenager who went missing following a night out in Cleethorpes last week, police have confirmed.

Flowers left in Holton le Clay

Liam Toner, 19, was reported missing on Friday 15 December and a body was found the following day in Holton-le-Clay.

A post-mortem examination has been carried out and the police say there are no suspicious circumstances around his death.

They say they are continuing to work closely with Humberside Police to establish the circumstances that led to Mr Toner's death.

Humberside Police prepare for 'Mad Friday'

Humberside Police are preparing for what's become known as "Mad Friday" - one of the busiest nights of the year for the emergency services.

Empty bottles of booze

Officers will be working alongside street marshalls to help make sure people stay safe as they enjoy a night out before Christmas.

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service is also encouraging people to drink responsibly.

New Humber flood defences to protect 100,000-plus homes

Paul Murphy

BBC Look North

About 12 miles of flood defences along the north bank of the Humber will be reviewed and improved as part of a £42m investment which has been announced today.

aerial view of Hull

The Environment Agency says the funding for the project, which is aimed at improving defences around Hull, has now been approved.

By raising the existing defence walls and embankments, we are able to plan for the effects of climate change and bring them to the level needed to better protect the city from tidal flooding in future years."

Helen TattersdaleProject manager, Environment Agency

Hospital staff given body cams in bid to cut assaults

Jake Zuckerman

Journalist, BBC Look North

Security staff at hospitals in Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole hospitals have been given body cameras in a bid to help reduce assaults on staff.

Scunthorpe hospital

The cameras have been bought by ISS UK Healthcare, which employs the staff who patrol the hospitals and car parks.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) says it hopes the devices will deter anti-social behaviour over the Christmas period.

Matthew Overton, local security management specialist for NLaG, says incidents of verbal or physical abuse against staff "will not be tolerated":

Our security team is now equipped with the latest bodycam technology in the hope it will act as a deterrent."

Matthew OvertonNorth Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

Woman dies in fatal Grimsby fire

A woman in her 30s died in a house fire in Grimsby yesterday, police have confirmed.

The fire started in the living room of a house on Baroness Road at about 15:30 on Thursday.

Police say they're not treating the blaze as suspicious.

Air Ambulance announced as Tour charity partner

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance has been announced as the official charity partner of the Tour de Yorkshire.

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The annual event will take place next year over four days from 3-6 May and also feature a two-day women's race.

The race includes routes from Beverley to Doncaster, Barnsley to Ilkley and Richmond to Scarborough.

The final stage will start in Halifax and finish in the centre of Leeds.

New owners for Barton Ropewalk

Suzy Lawson

BBC Local Live

Barton-upon-Humber's historic Ropewalk building will be officially transferred to new owners today.

Ropewalk building

The arts and live music venue has been bought by the Waterside Artists' Co-operative after the group won a £100,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The group, which has been running the centre since 2000, says it secures the future of the Grade II-listed building.

The headlines this morning

Natalie Glanvill

Reporter BBC Radio Humberside

The latest from the newsroom this morning:

  • One person has died in a fire at a house in Grimsby
  • British Steel workers in Scunthorpe have until today to make a decision about the future of their pension
  • Flood defences on the Humber will get a £42m upgrade

Deadline day for British Steel pension decision

British Steel workers in Scunthorpe have until today to make a decision about the future of their pensions.

British Steel in Scunthorpe
Getty Images

More than 120,000 workers have had to choose between two new pension plans.

There had been calls to put the deadline back over concerns about poor financial advice and tight deadlines.

Investigation into Grimsby house fire death

An investigation in to the cause of a house fire which left one person dead is under way.

Baroness Road, Grimsby

Fire crews were sent to the fire which started in the living room of a property on Baroness Road yesterday afternoon.

No details about the victim have been disclosed by the fire service.

£42m upgrade for Humber flood defences

Paul Murphy

BBC Look North

Flood defences along the Humber are to get a £42m upgrade.

The improvements will be along the side of the estuary in Hull, as well as either side of the city at Hessle and Paull.

Humber Bridge

The Environment Agency says it will provide extra protection for more than 100,000 properties.

Work is planned to start next summer and be completed by 2020, subject to planning permission

Weather: A grey and murky day

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Here's your forecast for the Friday before Christmas and the coming weekend.

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Suzy Lawson

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage on Friday 22 December. I'm Suzy and I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the area throughout the day. If you want to get in touch you can. Just send me an email, or a message on Facebook or Twitter. Send me your pictures, or any news or info about what's happening where you are.

police car

The body of 52-year-old Carol Camm was discovered at a house in a village near Bridlington.

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Goodbye: Five things we've learned today

Caroline Brockelbank

BBC Local Live

That's all from me today, but we're back tomorrow morning from 08:00.

Your news, sport and weather updates will continue through the evening.

Before I go, let's have a look at five things we didn't know when we woke up this morning:

And thanks as always for your pictures today, this one was taken in Hornsea:

Water and trees
Perry / Weather Watcher

Men wanted in connection with firearms theft could be in East Yorkshire

Norfolk Police want help to identify two men following a theft in Burgh Castle, near Great Yarmouth.

Two deactivated firearms were stolen from a display inside The Queens Head pub on Saturday 28 October.

Two men wanted by police
Norfolk Police

It’s believed the men may have travelled out of the county and could be in the Lancashire, Manchester or Yorkshire areas.

Anyone with information should contact PC Richard Bennett at Great Yarmouth Police Station on 101.

A63 to remain closed until at least 1800

The A63 is going to remain closed until at least 1800 this evening.

Safety inspections

Structural engineers will not complete their investigations on a bridge until 1800, it's after the bridge was struck by a crane earlier today.

Safety inspections

There's a lot of congestion on the A63 and around the villages nearby. People are being advised to avoid the area.

Queuing cars

Coastguard helps ill man on Hornsea beach

The Hornsea Coastguard crew was called out last night to help a 65-year-old man off the beach who wasn't feeling well.

He was suffering from neck and back pain.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Humberside Fire and Rescue crews were also at the scene, near Longbeach car park, at about 20:00:

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Congestion all along A63 after closure

Congestion is building along the A63 after it was closed in both directions between South Cave and Brough.

Structural engineers are assessing if a bridge, which was struck earlier, is safe. If it is then the road can reopen.

Traffic map

Pictures of safety checks at A63 bridge

The A63 is completely closed in both directions and structural engineers are on the scene to see if the bridge is safe.

Crane and emergency services by bridge

Earlier today there was damage to an overhead bridge between South Cave and Brough.

Crane and emergency services by bridge

The road wont re-open until the structural engineers give it the all clear.

Three fire engines at house fire in Grimsby

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are currently attending a house fire on Baroness Road in Grimsby.

They were called at 15:36 after smoke was seen coming out of a window.

Three fire engines arrived within six minutes.

It's unclear at this stage what's the cause of the fire and if anyone was in the house, firefighters are still at the scene.

A180 to be partially closed overnight

Several heavy goods vehicles were involved in a crash earlier this morning on the A180 near Ulceby.

The incident happened around 08:00 this morning and the A180 westbound now has one lane open.

Humberside Police say the second lane of both the eastbound and westbound carriageways will remain closed from the A160 to Barnetby Top until the central reservation barrier can be repaired overnight.

Crash on A180
Nigel Lowther

Possibility A63 could be closed this evening

It's unclear when, or if, the A63 will be able to re-open today.

The road has been closed in both directions between South Cave and Brough following damage to two overhead bridges.

Humberside Police say the structural engineers will carry out a full assessment of the bridge and then they will be able to advise if the A63 can re-open.

Police cars stopping traffic by bridge
Humber Roads Police

Both carriageways closed on A63

Both carriageways are now closed on the A63 between South Cave and Brough following damage to two overhead bridges.

Humber Roads Police say they're awaiting a structural engineer to assess the damage to a bridge.

Traffic is already building in the area:

Area where road closures are in place and traffic