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Christmas Day search for missing Grantham pensioner

Lincolnshire Police have issued a new appeal this evening for people living in the area of north Grantham to check outbuildings and sheds for 83yr old Jack Foster.

Mr Foster left Grantham Hospital on Tuesday morning about 11am after treatment for a broken left shoulder.

He was due to be taken home by taxi but has not been seen since he left hospital.

He has very limited mobility and shuffles rather than walks. He was not using a walking stick when he left hospital.

Ground searches will continue during Christmas Day but in the meantime, people living in the north of Grantham are asked to check their outbuildings and sheds for any sign that Jack might have been there.

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Safety warning after children get loom bands stuck up noses

Credit: PA

Parents are being warned of the dangers of loom bands after four children got them stuck in their noses in one week.

The bands - tiny loops of elastic in different colours that can be linked together to create necklaces and bracelets - have become something of a craze, with even the Duchess of Cambridge and pop star Harry Styles seen wearing them.

But staff from the A&E department at the Monklands Hospital in Airdrie, Scotland urged people to be aware of the potential risks after a recent surge in popularity of the bands.

In a report they said: "Although the four cases presented were resolved without the need for general anaesthetic, we believe there is an urgent need for greater public awareness of their potential hazards."

They also warned of the risks of inhalation if they became stuck in nasal passages, which could obstruct the airway.

In August one of the country's leading toy stores removed loom band charms from its shelves after they were found to contain potentially harmful chemicals.

Low-demand Leeds Council buildings and services to close over festive period

A number of Leeds City Council buildings and services that have limited or non-essential demand over the Christmas and New Year period closed from midnight last night and will reopen on Monday 5 January 2015.

This follows successful closures over the past two-years of some of the council’s buildings and services at a time of the year when they are not essential to operate.

By closing non-essential and low demand services the council will make savings from reduced energy usage and reduced building costs.

However, services with high demand will not close and staff cover will be in place to ensure all key frontline services are maintained, either directly-staffed or with emergency cover, depending on what is appropriate.

A number of services within children’s and adult’s social care services will continue as will refuse collection services, with some changes to normal collection dates. Street cleansing and traffic management services will not be affected.

During this period the council will still be contactable through the council’s customer contact centre and through some one stop centres which will remain open, except for today, tomorrow and New Year’s Day when emergency cover will be available.

For a more detailed list of affected services follow this link: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/bankholiday.aspx

You can click on a whole range of individual services such as bin collections, leisure centres and emergency out of hours contacts for further information.

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Lauaki signs for Bulls

Bradford Bulls have signed former Hull and Wigan front-rower Epalahame Lauaki on a two-year contract.

The 30-year-old former New Zealand and Tonga international joins the relegated Bulls from NRL side Manly Sea Eagles, where he spent the majority of last season after leaving Wigan

"Epalahame is an extremely talented individual and we are really pleased to have secured his services.

"He has an explosive approach and comes with an ability to wreak havoc in short spells.

"Epalahame gives us something I believe we don't currently have. He certainly adds to an already impressive squad and will prove vital for some of our young and upcoming forwards.

"We have a young roster, so the experience he brings will certainly help aid the future progress of the likes of Dan Fleming, Samir Tahraoui and Karl Davies."

– James Lowes, Bradford Bulls head coach

The 6ft, near-18st Lauaki, who twice played against England for the Exiles during his stint in Super League, becomes the 30th member of the Bulls squad for the 2015 Championship campaign.

"I am so excited to be joining such a big and well-known club like Bradford.

"I believe I will bring some experience and toughness to our team and I cannot wait to get started.

"The Championship is a challenge I am looking forward to. We will be going up against some good teams, who will be certainly looking forward to playing us.

"There is a really solid squad in place at Bradford but I want to be in the 17, which means I have plenty of hard work ahead of me."

– Epalahame Lauaki, Bradford Bulls' new signing

The essential items we are most likely to forget on Christmas Day

One in five of us will be dashing into a convenience store today to grab the Christmas essentials we forgot to buy during our preparations for the big day.

A traditional Christmas dinner - but will you forget an essential ingredient? Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Around 18,000 convenience stores across the UK will be open today providing a lifeline for thousands of us so we can pick up those bits and bobs that we can't survive the day without.

For most of us, Christmas Day is spent eating pigs in blankets, mountains of chocolate and the odd glass of wine or two.

However, new research released by the Association of Convenience Stores has revealed that an estimated one million of us will start the day in a panic as we realise we have forgotten an essential item we desperately need for the day.

Some of the essentials that have been left off the nation's shopping list on the big day are batteries for Christmas toys, Christmas dinner essentials like gravy, vegetables and even the turkey, beer and wine, and even toilet roll!

Grandfather accused of murder of grandson, aged nine

A 64-year-old man has been charged with murdering his nine-year-old grandson in Lincoln. Stewart James Greene of Grimoldby, near Louth is accused of killing his grandson Alex James Robinson.

Lincolnshire Police were called just before midday on Tuesday to a house in Pennell Street, Lincoln from where the boy was taken by ambulance to Lincoln County Hospital. He was pronounced dead a short time later. Detectives now say that following a post mortem examination, Alex's death is been treated as murder, although they have not revealed how he died.

His grandfather who had been in custody since Tuesday, was tonight charged with murder. He will appear before Lincoln Magistrates on Boxing Day.

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