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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.

Diary of an unknown sailor

The King and Country exhibition at Bankfield Museum in Halifax has now been open nearly 5 months and over 10,500 visitors have seen the collection of objects and artefacts on display to mark the centenary of the First World War. Of the 60 interesting and poignant stories that feature as part of the exhibition, one stands out as being particularly intriguing. An unknown sailor’s diary is on display, giving a frank and descriptive account of life in the British navy at the time of the First World War.

The diary was discovered in the attic of a house in Halifax, and despite numerous attempts to discover the owner, or anyone who has any clues about who could have written it, the author still remains a mystery.

The diary gives a day by day account of life on a naval ship during the War. Almost every day has an entry, and the content of the entries vary from the mundane “March 10th – Clean ship. Great.” to the more serious and dangerous “May 12th - At 2.37am crashed into an American Destroyer…Smashed a huge hole in our bows and holed her engine room.”. The diary also contains intricate drawings of boats he encounters and sketches of scenes in dock and on the sea.

Calderdale Council’s Head of Neighbourhoods, Andrew Pitts, said: “The King and Country exhibition at Bankfield Museum offers a fascinating insight into life during the First World War, both at home and abroad. The sailor’s diary provides one of the most thorough accounts of life serving as an officer during the War, and is particularly intriguing because of the mystery surrounding its owner.”

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Elaine Paige to star at Scarborough Open Air Theatre

The ‘First Lady of Musical Theatre’, Elaine Paige, will perform at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Saturday 11 July 2015 with accompaniment by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

Following her sold out 50th Anniversary Farewell UK tour Elaine will now be concentrating on special ‘one off’ concerts, of which Scarborough Open Air Theatre is to be one.

“I’m really looking forward to making my ‘return’ to Scarborough and to be performing with the wonderful Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will be such a thrill” Elaine said. A thrilling live performer, Elaine has performed in concert all over the world and last appeared in Scarborough in 2006.

Snow clearing health and safety myth shattered

As people across the UK brace themselves for the next arctic blast of the season, Health and Safety Minister Lord Freud is urging a common sense approach to clearing snow from footpaths and pavements.

There are no health and safety regulations that prevent people from clearing snow at their home, their business or at their neighbours’ homes, despite newspaper stories in previous winters to the contrary.

Now Ministers want to pre-empt the usual health and safety myths ahead of the next snowfall, that could prevent people from doing a good deed to help stop others falling and injuring themselves on a path or pavement.

Minister for Health and Safety Lord Freud said: “People need to be aware that they will not be reprimanded for doing a good deed by clearing ice and snow. The truth is very simple: you can clear ice and snow from footpaths and pavements but always be careful that you don’t put yourself in danger.

“Countless lives have been saved and injuries prevented because of robust health and safety practices. But bogus excuses give real safety laws a bad name and stop people from taking action.”

The Government has put together guidance so people are aware of the facts.

Charity funds special dietician for cystic fibrosis patients

A new charity funded dietician has started work with cystic fibrosis (CF) patients to tailor the food that they eat so that it matches their specific needs. Ellie Tidswell is working with patients on the CF Unit at the Northern General Hospital to help deliver the high calorie food they need whilst ensuring it meets their nutritional requirements and is as appetising as possible.

Dr Frank Edenborough, Ellie Tidswell, Marie Croft (housekeeper)

Money was raised to pay for a dietician for two years; half was contributed by a generous individual donor and the rest came from fundraising activities supported by the Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

Cystic Fibrosis consultant Dr Frank Edenborough said: “CF clogs the lungs and digestive system. As the disease progresses, it takes sufferers more and more energy just to breathe. Getting enough calories as well as the right nutrition is crucial in maintaining weight and their overall health.”

CF sufferers need a diet high in fat, calories and salt, which can be a challenge when other hospital patients are being encouraged to eat the opposite of this. They often lose their appetite and interest in eating when they are unwell which raises even more of a nutritional challenge.

Ellie said: “The young people I work with are in and out of hospital all of their lives. It is vitally important they maintain a healthy weight and I hope we will be able to help patients practically achieve this and provide a role model for what they should be doing at home. It is my passion to make their meals more fun and appetising so they get greater enjoyment in reaching their target weights.”

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Outdoor carol service in York city centre

An outdoor carol service is being held in the centre of York this evening. It will start at 7.30pm in St Helen's Square and is expected to last about an hour. The Salvation Army band will be playing festive songs and the audience is encouraged to form a choir.

I am very much looking forward to this festive concert event which epitomises Christmas in the way that it brings people together to have fun. What better way to start your festive celebrations than to spend time in St Helen's Square with residents and visitors in York? The voices of the public with the music from the Salvation Army will make for a truly magical evening. We are also hoping for a brief visit from Father Christmas to St Helen’s Square, which is sparkling with the lights which add to the festive feel of this occasion

– The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Gillies

Traffic restrictions will be in place at St Helen’s Square, Coney Street and Lendal, which will be closed to traffic from 6.30pm to 9pm as the event takes place.

Investigation into alleged assault on boy in Scarborough

Police are appealing for witnesses and information about a possible assault involving a woman and boy in Scarborough town centre. It happened outside Boots on Westborough between 12.20pm and 12.45pm on Tuesday 23 December 2014. Police received reports from members of the public that a woman was assaulting the boy. It is believed other passers-by witnessed the incident and may have tried to intervene before the police were called to assist. Officers are working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident and are asking people with information to come forward. A local woman aged in her late 20s has been arrested in connection with the investigation. Following questioning she was released on police bail to allow time for further enquires. The boy was medically examined and did not require treatment.

Charity appeals for unwanted gifts

This Christmas, British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops are urging people from Yorkshire and the Humber to give back by donating their unwanted Christmas presents to charity. The profit raised from BHF shops goes on to fund life-saving research into heart disease. Over half of people from Yorkshire & the Humber said they receive two unwanted Christmas presents every year. With the average price per Christmas gift at £21.75, over £2.7 billion pounds worth of unwanted presents could be donated to charity this year.

It’s incredible that there’s £2.7 billion worth of unwanted Christmas gifts in the UK this year. Every year people receive presents that are just not to their taste, are the wrong size, or even two of the same gift. These unwanted presents can make an extraordinary difference to BHF shops. We’re encouraging people from Yorkshire and the Humber to donate their unwanted gifts and help raise vital funds in the fight against heart disease.

– Diane Locke, British Heart Foundation

South Yorkshire Police hand out 'Jingle Bells' to deter thieves

Instead of dashing through the snow, mounted officers and horses have been making their way through towns in South Yorkshire this Christmas, offering crime prevention advice and ‘silver bells’ to festive shoppers throughout the county.

PC Tracy Brown with Treeton and PC Julie Bradshaw with Whirlow Credit: South Yorkshire Police

The South Yorkshire Police mounted section was established back in the early 1900s, and every single horse owned by the force is listed in a record book that is over 100 years old.

There are currently ten horses in the mounted section, based at Ring Farm in Cudworth, Barnsley. Each horse is named after an area in South Yorkshire, and then also has a more affectionate name, as T/Sergeant Kate Leake explains: “Hoober and Edlington are the two horses that I ride, however we refer to them as Harry (Hoober) and Eddie (Edlington).

“The names are just a little more personal. Each horse has developed their own personality over the years and they all have very different traits, although they all love extra strong polo mints!”

The other eight horses at the section are called Billy (Brinsworth), Whirly Gig (Whirlow), Fenwicky (Fenwick), Forest (Bawtry), Toon (Treeton), Bernie (Burngreave) Coco (Cawthorne) and George (Oakwell), all of which are Irish Drafts, Clydesdale or Shirecross breeds.

Throughout December, the mounted officers and horses have been out and about in Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley and Doncaster, speaking to Christmas shoppers and offering crime prevention advice, as well as handing out ‘silver bells’ which can be attached to handbags and purses to protect people from becoming a victim of purse dipping.

T/Sgt Leake continued: “There is a rise in this sort of crime during the festive period. Opportunistic thieves will target members of the public who are out Christmas shopping and will attempt to take purses and wallets from handbags.

“With the bells attached to the bag, they jingle and alert the person of the attempted theft. The sound of the horses can be heard before we are even seen aswell, which also acts as a great deterrent. Anything we can do to try and protect the public at this time of year from becoming a victim of crime we will endeavour to do.”

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