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Fire Services reassure residents cover is in place ahead of Halloween fire strike

Firefighters across the region are starting a four-day strike today in an ongoing row over pensions. Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out at 6pm - with the strike ending the evening before Bonfire Night.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service have reassured residents that cover is in place as Halloween night approaches:


Tour de France souvenirs for sale

Tour de France 'artefacts' which adorned Skipton for the world's biggest cycling race will go on sale for charity.

All the money raised will go to the charity Lupus UK Credit: Press Association

Twelve iconic Tour lamp-post banners and 50 bundles of yellow, green, polka dot and Union Jack bunting that were on and around Skipton High Street are up for grabs in a sealed bid auction.

All the money raised will go to the charity Lupus UK, which battles lupus, a chronic and incurable disease of the immune system.

The banners bear the official Tour De France and Yorkshire Grand Depart 2014 logos, while the bunting features a display of cycling jerseys in the colours of the Tour De France competition categories.

We’ve had a lot of interest in the banners and bunting and wanted to give people, businesses and organisations a fair opportunity to obtain these souvenirs. Personally, I am thrilled that all money raised will go to the very deserving charity. Lupus is a chronic and presently incurable illness.

– Linda Brockbank, Council Chairperson

Brownlee brothers see how their Olympic-winning bicycle tyres are made

The Brownlee brothers, world champion triathletes visited the German factory where their gold-medal winning bicycle tyres and the soles of their running shoes were made.

The Brownlee brothers, world champion triathletes visited a German factory Credit: Inside Media

The two Yorkshire-born athletes were especially fascinated with the fact that so much manual labour goes into producing the tyres.

Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee watch workers in the Korbach factory Credit: Inside Media

I had no idea that manufacturing a bicycle tyre could be this complex and that so many people are involved in the handcrafting process

– Jonathan Brownlee
The Brownlee brothers won two Olympic medals between them in 2012 Credit: Inside Media
Brothers show off their medals Credit: Inside Media


Lincolnshire has fewest 'disabled friendly' houses

Lincolnshire currently has the lowest rate of so-called 'disabled friendly' houses in Britain - and according to one leading charity, the misery that shortage is causing is only going to get worse.

Seven-year-old David Househam has muscular dystrophy. His family say their home in Boston is completely unsuitable for his needs - but they can't find anywhere else or afford the tens of thousands of pounds needed to adapt it. Matt Price reports.

Failed HMS Illustrious bid prompts council criticism

There's been criticism of Hull City Council today for spending more than half a million pounds on a failed bid to bring HMS Illustrious to the city as a tourist attraction.

They heard yesterday that their plans to have the vessel docked in time for the City of Culture 2017 had been rejected by the government, but say they're determined to press ahead with other plans, as Fiona Dwyer reports.

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