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  1. Hull hotel to keep helping homeless after Christmas stay

    A Hull hotel which put up a homeless group over Christmas, will continue to support rough sleepers in the city, it has been claimed.

    Doubletree by Hilton

    Doubletree Hilton stepped in to offer 28 homeless people rooms over Christmas after another hotel cancelled their booking.

    The stay was organised by Raise the Roof Homeless Project - it said the hotel was "happy with how things went".

    In a Facebook post, it said: "We are pleased to tell you that they'll be behind us now throughout the year."

    Raise the Roof, which received £9,000 of donations after it went public over the cancellation, says it will also buy a new food van to help feed people in the city.

  2. Police organise 'spice workshop' to be held in Sheffield

    Police authorities across the country are to meet in Sheffield for a workshop to tackle problems caused by the drug spice.

    Spice

    South Yorkshire Police have organised the meeting with seven forces to share ideas about drug use in city centres.

    Officers will talk about enforcement, testing, drug service support and sentencing.

    SPICE PACKET

    Sgt Scott Szymczak said: “Some forces have been dealing with this issue for a long time, others are yet to see the full impact that this drug can have on their town and city centres.

    "We want officers to share advice about how they’re dealing with users and the knock-on effects.”

    The workshop will be held on 10 January.

  3. Anti-social behaviour fears in Gainsborough

    Concerns are being raised about an increase in anti-social behaviour in Gainsborough.

    It has been reported that gangs of young people are threatening local people with verbal and physical abuse.

    This shopkeeper, who didn't want to be identified, says some people are frightened:

    Quote Message: People are getting more worried about walking around at night and being on their own. Women are worried about being alone at night and men as well, which is unusual... People are trying not to go out as much." from Anonymous
    Anonymous

    Lincolnshire Police says it is working with local businesses to ensure they have a co-ordinated and consistent approach to tackling anti-social behaviour.

  4. Teenager missing from Huddersfield

    Have you seen Sophie Dearnley?

    Police are searching for her after she went missing on 31 December in Huddersfield.

    Sophie Dearnley

    Sophie, 15, is described as being around 5ft 4ins tall and of slim build.

    She was last seen wearing a navy jacket, white trainers, black leggings and a black crop top.

    The teenager has links to the Huddersfield and Manchester areas.

  5. Cat among the...trees?

    Curiosity almost killed a cat in Sheffield today.

    Fire crews had a fluffy rescue on their hands when they scaled a tree to rescue Skye.

    A net was used to catch the pet, who had got stuck in a tall tree:

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  6. From club to cafe

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    One of Scunthorpe's well-known nightclubs is set to transform into a shop, cafe and offices.

    Owner Scott Slingsby submitted the plan to change the use of the Britannia nightclub, Frodingham Road, to North Lincolnshire Council.

    Britannia

    Mr Slingsby said in his plans that the club has fallen victim to "widespread and acknowledged failing trade" in the nightclub scene.

    Now, the authority has given permission for the plans to go-ahead.

    The proposals will see the inside of the 111-year-old building transformed.

    It will include offices, shops, a cafe and a new mezzanine floor at first floor level.

  7. Man jailed for robbing vulnerable victim

    A man has been jailed for four years for a "despicable" robbery of a vulnerable victim in Sheffield.

    Ashley Mappin

    Ashley Mappin, of no fixed address, gained entry to the victim's house in Pitmoor at about 07:30 on 15 June 2018.

    Mappin forced the 69-year-old man to open his safe and fled with an amount of cash, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

    The victim, who is a wheelchair user, suffered minor injuries during the altercation.

    PC Zed Gulzar said: “Mappin preyed on a vulnerable individual, a wheelchair user who should have been safe in his own home.

    “This is a despicable crime and throughout our investigation Mappin has shown no remorse, despite his guilty plea."

  8. Bus pass for young people launched

    Money collected from drivers through motoring fines has funded a bus pass scheme for young people in Hull.

    Buses in Hull

    The pass is available to anyone aged 19 or under.

    The funding partially comes from the fines imposed on motorists who've driven along bus lanes.

    The KAT card will initially cost £10 week, it will offer young people unlimited travel on any service in the city and is available to buy from the Paragon Interchange.

  9. 2019 will be 'my year', says Lincolnshire racer

    Lincolnshire's Indy Car racing driver Jack Harvey says he's targeting wins in the championship in 2019.

    The 25 year old, from Bassingham near Lincoln, is now living in the US.

    Jack Harvey

    After missing out on the podium at the famous Indy 500, he says he's working harder than ever:

    Quote Message: I'm looking at my whole game right now. I believe I can compete at that level, I know I can do it." from Jack Harvey
    Jack Harvey
  10. Pupils exclusions in Wakefield schools treble in ten years

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The number of children expelled from schools in Wakefield has almost trebled in less than a decade, according to a council report.

    classroom

    A total of 83 pupils were permanently excluded during the 2017/18 academic year, compared with just 30 in 2009/10.

    A council report on the issue said the figures showed a similar pattern to other authorities across the UK.

    It added the most common reasons for expelling a pupil were persistent disruptive behaviour, verbal abuse against an adult and physical assault on a student.

    The report, which will be discussed by councillors next week, said that a special team run by the authority was working with schools to keep the number of expulsions down.

  11. Campaign to bring back closed York hospital gathers pace

    A campaign in York is calling for the former Bootham Park Hospital in the city to be opened as a mental health hub.

    Bootham Park

    The Grade-I listed hospital, built in 1777, was put on the market a year ago, to be sold for use as luxury flats or a hotel, but now the sale's on hold while York's leaders try to retain it for psychiatric therapy.

    Bootham Park Hospital was shut in 2015 after the Care Quality Commission said it was no longer fit for purpose.

    Rachael Maskell, the Labour MP for York Central says: "It's absolutely vital that Bootham Park is used as an opportunity.

    "Putting transitional care onto the site would mean we would be able to discharge people from acute wards, to help them on their way home."

  12. Market Rasen volunteers asked to help others

    Officials from the Heritage Lottery Fund have asked the volunteers behind the transformation of Market Rasen's railway station to advise other community groups.

    Market Rasen rail

    The once derelict building is now a heritage centre following a three year restoration project.

    Princess Anne officially opened the building back in December.

  13. Concerns for missing Bradford teenager

    Have you seen Mark Calvert?

    Police have concerns for his welfare as he could be sleeping rough after he was reported missing in Bradford.

    Mark Calvert

    Mark, 16, was last in the the Clayton Heights area on 13 December.

    He is described as being about 5ft 10ins tall and of medium build.

    The teenager was last seen wearing a black coat, a navy tracksuit and black trainers.

  14. Big uptake for 'rural rangers' scheme

    Lincolnshire Police has had a lot of interest in its "rural rangers" scheme.

    It involves horse riders keeping an eye out for criminal activity while they're out and about in the county.

    Horses

    Obviously you have to provide your own horse and officers say they're not going to send riders anywhere specific.

    It's certainly appears to be attracting some interest:

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  15. Watch: Man's pride at looking after plane crash memorial

    A man, who regularly tends a memorial honouring 10 airmen who died in a plane crash in a Sheffield park, says he "loves them like my own son or daughter".

    Tony Foulds saw the B-17 bomber crash in Endcliffe Park in 1944 when he was eight-years-old.

    Since a memorial was erected in the 1970s, Tony has regularly kept plants watered and the area clean to remember the men who died.

    Speaking to BBC Breakfast, the Sheffield man says the crew steered away from him and his friends who were playing in the field before crashing into a wood:

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    Video caption: A Sheffield man continues to tend a memorial to a World War Two plane crash in the city.
  16. Two hurt after 'homophobic' attack in Whitby

    Two men have been seriously hurt in an assault in Whitby on New Year’s Eve, police say.

    Baxtergate

    Both were taken to hospital following a disturbance in Baxtergate.

    Officers say the incident was reported as a homophobic hate crime.

    Det Sgt Andy Hall said: “This was a serious incident that left two men in hospital.

    "The two men received serious but not life-threatening injuries, including lacerations and head injuries."

    A man in his 20s from the Rotherham area has been arrested in connection with the incident and released on bail while the investigation continues.

    Anyone with information about the incident, or dashcam footage, is being asked to contact the police.

  17. Creative arts fund set up for South Kesteven

    The private company set up by South Kesteven Council has launched a new funding programme for the arts in the area.

    The funding can be used towards tuition, equipment and travel costs, as well as accessing support such as training, mentoring and workshops with professional artists.

    Awards of up to £1,500 will be made to successful applicants.

    Quote Message: We’ve designed this funding programme to support a broad range of local talents so we’re keen to hear from people with a whole host of creative skills – from musical, artistic and theatrical, to poetic and dance." from Michael Cross Head of Arts, InvestSK
    Michael CrossHead of Arts, InvestSK
  18. Man killed in New Year's Eve collision named

    A man who died after the car he was driving smashed into railings in the early hours of New Year's Day has been named by police.

    Greg Adams.

    Officers say Greg Adams, 21, was killed when the silver Saab 95 he was driving crashed in Southey Green Road, in Sheffield, near to the junction with Buchanan Road.

    He suffered serious head injuries and died at the scene.

    A passenger in the car escaped uninjured.

    The crash happened at about 04:00.

  19. Man released from hospital after 'bladed weapon' attack

    A man found with suspected stab wounds in York on New Year's Day has been released from Leeds General Infirmary.

    Nunnery Lane

    Police in the city say the 27-year-old was found with serious injuries to his back, believed to have been caused by a "bladed weapon", in Swan Street off Nunnery Lane (pictured).

    A 31-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man were arrested at the scene.

    A further suspect, a 30-year-old man, was arrested later the same day in an armed police raid.

    All have since been released on conditional bail.

  20. Children's hospices targeted by thieves over Christmas

    Staff at a Lincolnshire charity say it's hard to comprehend why thieves broke into two of their shops over Christmas.

    Charity shop

    St Andrew's Children's Hospice stores in Gainsborough and Louth were targeted at the end of last month, with £700 stolen from the safe in the building at Gainsborough.

    Tom Ryan, from the charity, says his staff are determined to make the money back:

    Quote Message: Our volunteers do work incredibly hard. Despite the distress, they're resolved to generate enough income to cover the cost." from Tom Ryan St Andrew's Children's Hospice
    Tom RyanSt Andrew's Children's Hospice