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Summary

  1. 'Prank orders' damage takeaways in North East Lincolnshire
  2. Oil drilling application near Scunthorpe rejected
  3. Villagers' anger over 'unreliable' mobile Post Office service
  4. No future for Humber Bridge glass lift plan?
  5. Search launched to trace owner of old photograph
  6. Live updates on Friday 5 January 2018

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Willis

All times stated are UK

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  1. Five thing we learned today

    Jonathan Willis

    BBC Local Live

    That's all from me for today.

    We'll be back on Monday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00.

    Have a wonderful weekend and before I go, here are five things we didn't know when we woke up this morning:

  2. Mayor sickened by former clerk's thefts

    Laura Foster

    BBC Look North

    The Mayor of Crowle has told the BBC that the town council tax precept will have to go up or services will need to be cut to make up for the money stolen by former town clerk Katy Fowler.

    Katy Fowler

    Fowler was sentenced to eight months in prison for stealing more than £23,000 during a four-year period.

    Coun Deborah Middleton said that colleagues have been left sickened and angry that someone in a trusted position abused their power.

    She also said that the criminality of Fowler's actions will have a lasting effect on the community.

    Quote Message: The case will carry on and we will try to reclaim some of the money back. We are making every effort to get the money back through insurance and money Katy Fowler already has. Unfortunately the insurance premiums will go up and so will the council tax precept as a result. from Coun Deborah Middleton Mayor of Crowle and Ealand Town Council
    Coun Deborah MiddletonMayor of Crowle and Ealand Town Council
  3. Hull named amongst fastest growing economies in Yorkshire

    Jonathan Willis

    BBC Local Live

    Hull has been named as having on of the fastest growing economies in Yorkshire, according to a recent report.

    Hull city centre

    The UK Powerhouse study, produced by Irwin Mitchell and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) found that that Hull, Rotherham and Wakefield are the fastest growing economies in Yorkshire.

    The study follows figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) which shows Hull’s gross value added growth rose by five per cent, well above the regional and national average.

  4. Multi-million pound investment promised for Hornsea

    Hornsea will benefit from £10m worth of funding, according to the leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council leader.

    Hornsea

    Stephen Parnaby has told BBC Radio Humberside that there are plans to upgrade the town's boat compound, leisure centre and other facilities.

    Councillor Parnaby says it's about retaining and improving services.

    Quote Message: We're investing £10 million in Hornsea, which is the biggest amount of money for some time to be invested in the area." from Councillor Stephen Parnaby Leader, East Riding of Yorkshire Council
    Councillor Stephen ParnabyLeader, East Riding of Yorkshire Council
  5. Weather forecast for tonight and the weekend

    BBC Weather

    It will be a dry and clear evening, with outbreaks of rain spreading in from the north overnight.

    Saturday will be a colder feeling day with scattered sleet and snow showers, especially in coastal areas.

    On Sunday it will be fine but cold, with largely unbroken sunshine, and light winds.

    Weather Forecast
  6. Former town clerk sentenced to eight months for theft

    Laura Foster

    BBC Look North

    A former town clerk at Crowle and Ealand Town Council in North Lincolnshire has been sentenced to eight months in prison for stealing £23,428 from the council.

    Katy Fowler

    Katy Fowler, 44, took the money over a four-year period when she worked there as a clerk doing administrative tasks and looking after their finances.

    She was fired by the council at the end of March 2017 when members began asking questions after they felt they were paying too much for CCTV cameras.

    Fowler had told them the council needed to pay £600 every month to maintain these cameras.

    Actually that £600 only needed to be paid every three months and the rest was going into Fowler’s bank account. She also kept call out fees and some one-off payments.

    Quote Message: “It must be made clear those who steal from public bodies this amount of money over this amount of time, must receive a custodial sentence regardless of own personal circumstances’ from Judge Mark Bury
    Judge Mark Bury
  7. New lease of life planned for landmark Hull building

    Plans to renovate a landmark derelict trawler company's building in Hull have been submitted.

    Lord Line Building

    The Lord Line building, built in 1949, has stood empty on St Andrew's Dock for a number of years and is on the council's list of architecturally or historically significant buildings.

    The plans, which include a new restaurant, bar, office, and roof terrace, have been put forward by the building's owners, Manor Property Group.

    Lord Line property Group

    Plans to demolish the former Lord Line building were rejected by Hull City Council last November.

    Councillor Martin Mancey has told the BBC the proposals don't address a number of safety concerns the council has about the site.

    The authority will continue to pursue Manor Property Group over those concerns, he added.

  8. Could volunteers be used to patrol Humber ports?

    Katy Austin

    BBC Look North, Business Correspondent

    Volunteers could be used to patrol ports on the Humber and along the coast as the Border Force becomes increasingly stretched.

    The Home Office is understood to be considering a trial at Immingham, one of the UK's busiest ports.

    The government says the volunteers would complement, not replace, paid staff and they're talking to the police to see how they use volunteers to complement their staff.

    Labour and Hull East MP Karl Turner says it's like something from the TV programme Dad's Army.

    Karl Turner MP
  9. Appeal after Grimsby ticket machine thefts

    Ticket machines have been stolen from two car parks in Grimsby.

    Garden Street car park

    Three machines were taken from two car parks in the town over the Christmas period, according to police.

    All the machines have been found but were badly damaged and all the money they contained had been taken.

    New ticket machines should be back in the Duchess Street and Garden Street car parks on Monday.

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

  10. Watch: Couple's campaign to make dresses for African girls

    Amanda White

    BBC East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

    A Scunthorpe couple are using their spare time to making dresses for children in Africa.

    They're part of a charity called Dress a Girl Around the World.

    David and Mary Hogg who are both in their 90s have already made that dream a reality for 70 youngsters.

    Mary Hogg explains why she got involved in the campaign:

    Video content

    Video caption: Scunthorpe couple make dresses for charity
  11. Humber Bridge glass lift attraction still planned

    The Humber Bridge Board says it still has plans to create a glass lift and viewing platform on top of the Hessle tower, despite claims from East Riding of Yorkshire Council leader Stephen Parnaby that the plans were not financially viable.

    Humber Bridge

    Mr Parnaby has told the BBC that the plans by the board were not financially viable and the estimated number of people who would use it was optimistic.

    In a statement the Humber Bridge Board said that they were aware of the comments made by Mr Parnaby.

    They say they're developing a business plan and exploring funding options for the Humber Bridge visitor attraction.

    Quote Message: We are also developing ideas for related visitor attractions on site, which will generate a surplus. This surplus will then be invested in further visitor attraction elements, including a lift to the top of the Hessle Tower. The Board will announce further plans in due course. from Humber Bridge Board
    Humber Bridge Board
  12. This afternoon's weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    It will be a mostly dry afternoon with sunny spells and light winds expected:

    Weather Forecast
  13. Your headlines this lunchtime

    Caroline Brockelbank

    BBC Radio Humberside News

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

  14. Kyle Edmund loses in Brisbane International

    BBC Humberside Sport

    British tennis number two, Tickton's Kyle Edmund, had an injury scare as he pushed world number three Grigor Dimitrov to three sets in the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International.

    Kyle Edmund

    The 22-year-old needed treatment after he went over on his right ankle at 4-4 in the decider.

    He was able to resume but went on to lose 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 6-4.

    Edmund will now have the injury assessed before 2017's opening Grand Slam, which starts on 15 January.

    With Andy Murray already out with a hip problem, Edmund is due to be the highest-ranked Briton in the men's singles.

  15. Anger over mobile Post Office service

    The Post Office has broken promises it made to provide a mobile service after closing rural branches, according to residents of two villages in East Yorkshire.

    Mobile post office sign

    People in Barmston and Rudston say the visiting service has been unreliable and they've been left without any post office for months.

    In a statement, the Post Office has apologised to customers and says it's making every effort to ensure services are restored:

    Quote Message: We understand how important Post Office services are to these communities and we are working to resolve the connection issues experienced as a matter of urgency." from Post Office statement
    Post Office statement
  16. In pictures: Transformation plans for derelict Hull church

    Sally Fairfax

    BBC Radio Humberside Live

    Campaigners plan to turn a derelict church in Hull into a community centre.

    The building, on Beverley Road, has been abandoned for a number of years, but The Friends of Trafalgar Street Church want it to become a drop-in centre or even a wedding venue.

    Here's what the church looks like today, scenes which the Friends hope will soon be a thing of the past:

    Trafalgar Street Church
    Trafalgar Street church
    Church floor
  17. Oil company 'disappointed' by drilling decision

    Paul Murphy

    Journalist, BBC Look North

    A company which wanted to drill for oil in North Lincolnshire says it's disappointed by a decision to refuse its application.

    Wressle oil

    A government planning inspector raised concerns about the potential impact on local water and nearby residents in Wressle, near Scunthorpe.

    Egdon Resources, an oil and gas production business, says the decision is "highly disappointing".

    A study commissioned by Egdon Resources in 2016 found Wressle was sitting on reserves of about two million barrels of recoverable oil.

    North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee has since turned down two planning applications to turn it into a commercial oil production site, with the government now dismissing an appeal.

    Quote Message: We will now take the opportunity to consider in detail the reasons for the refusals as contained in the decision notice and review the options available to us." from Mark Abbott Managing director, Egdon Resources
    Mark AbbottManaging director, Egdon Resources
  18. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A18 Lincolnshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A18 Lincolnshire eastbound severe accident, between B1398 Kirton Road and Ermine Street.

    A18 Lincolnshire - A18 in Broughton closed and slow traffic eastbound between the B1398 Kirton Road junction and Forest Pines roundabout, because of an accident.

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

  19. No future for Humber Bridge glass lift plan?

    Plans to create a glass lift on the Humber Bridge look unlikely to go ahead after the leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council said the plans were not feasible.

    Humber Bridge plans

    Stephen Parnaby has told the BBC that the plans by the Humber Bridge Board are not financially viable and the estimated number of people who would use it was optimistic.

    The proposals would have allowed visitors to travel under the bridge at Hessle in a glass gondola before changing to the lift which would have raised them 510ft to the top of the north tower.

    Proposals for a visitor centre and glass lift were originally rejected in 2016 due to concerns over a 60,000sq ft office block which was part of the project, but councillors said they'd consider a revised plan.

    Mr Parnaby believes there still needs to be some form of visitor attraction at the Humber Bridge to encourage tourists:

    Quote Message: Something will happen and I think there need to be some visitor attractions down there. But they need to take a serious hard look at whether a glass lift was the right one. We would like to work with the Humber Bridge." from Councillor Stephen Parnaby Leader, East Riding of Yorkshire Council
    Councillor Stephen ParnabyLeader, East Riding of Yorkshire Council
  20. 'Prank orders' damage takeaways in North East Lincolnshire

    Prank takeaway orders are costing firms in Grimsby and Cleethorpes money, according to Humberside Police.

    Takeaway shops

    Police in Cleethorpes say somebody is ordering take-outs and having the food delivered to people who don't want them.

    Officers are now telling takeaways to make sure orders are genuine and payments are being made.

    Gwen Clarke, from Michael's indian restaurant in Thornton, is one of those affected:

    Quote Message: It's just awful at the time. We were trying to put things into place to distinguish between a genuine order and a prank order. It is very difficult. People phone up and they sound genuine." from Gwen Clarke Michael's Indian restaurant, Thornton
    Gwen ClarkeMichael's Indian restaurant, Thornton