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Man with more than 80 convictions is jailed

A Scunthorpe man with more than 80 previous convictions has been jailed for five years. Bradford Crown Court heard Martin Hand, also known as Martin Lache – had 82 previous convictions dating back to 1995, 43 of which were for acquisitive crimes.

Prolific offender Martin Hand Credit: Humberside Police

Hand, who is 34, and from Connaught Road in Scunthorpe, was found guilty at the court of a burglary at an address in Greenwich Close, Scunthorpe, in the early hours of June 10th.

He was also convicted of being in possession of a bladed weapon, after officers arresting him later that day in Connaught Road, found he was carrying a locking craft knife. Humberside Police say they are 'delighted' at the result.

Hand is a prolific offender whose activities have a significant impact on his victims and the wider Scunthorpe community. We are delighted that he has been given a significant custodial sentence and hope this will make him think twice about this kind of offending in the future.

– DC John Biltcliff

Deaf mum-to-be hopes to hear baby's heartbeat

For any expectant mum, hearing baby's heartbeat for the first time is an extraordinary moment.

And for Kimberley Ward from Leeds, who is 17 weeks pregnant - even more so. Kimberley is deaf and she has now become the first pregnant woman in the country to have a cochlear implant fitted.

In just a few weeks time, it's hoped she will be able to hear the heartbeat of her unborn baby for the very first time. Calendar's cameras have been invited to share Kimberley's momentous journey. Jon Hill's report does include some of the operation - but it's not graphic.

Police patrols increased after children approached by men

Police in Bradford are investigating several reports of school-aged children being approached in suspicious circumstances by unknown men.

Increase in police patrols

The incidents have occurred in the Killinghall Road area of Bradford Moor over the last week. Police say they are treating them seriously and have increased patrols in the area. They are asking for people, especially parents, to be vigilant.

Enquiries into these incidents are at an early stage, but I would ask for people to keep these incidents in mind and report any suspicious activity to police on 101.

– Detective Inspector Ryan Brag


Victims of contaminated blood scandal fight on

Victims of the contaminated blood scandal - infected by the health service with HIV and Heptatitis - have told Calendar they have again been overlooked by the government, as they continue to fight for a financial settlement.

They need money to help pay for treatment - and were hoping yesterday's spending review might finally move them a step closer to an agreement. But today they have told reporter Michael Billington they are furious that the chancellor's statement made no reference to their plight

School with healthy eating and exercise on the timetable

Worrying figures show that almost one in every five children in their last year at primary school is obese. The government's figures, which are produced every year, make disturbing reading.

There are more overweight children in deprived areas and one head teacher at a school in our region says there is too much cheap fast food available. Katie Oscroft went to a school in Halifax where healthy eating and exercise is on the timetable.

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