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Police investigate assault on boy in Grimsby

Police in Grimsby are investigating an assault on a 12-year-old school boy who was making his way home from school.

The incident happened around on Millfield Avenue, Scartho as the boy cycled home.

The boy has told police that he was approached by two unknown teenage boys who began spitting at him.

When he questioned them as to why they were doing that, the boys became abusive towards him prompting the schoolboy to cycle off around the corner being pursued by the aggressors.

On catching up with the boy he claims to have been pulled from his cycle and assaulted by the two who then ran off.

Leeds fans group hoping to meet Russell Crowe to discuss bid for club

The Leeds Fans LLP group has said it hopes to meet actor Russell Crowe in April to discuss the club's future ownership.

Hollywood star Crowe prompted speculation he may be ready to make a bid for Leeds recently, when he asked his 1.6million Twitter followers whether he should buy the club.

David and Christine spoke to Dylan Thwaites from Leeds Fans LLP:

Inquest heard into Penistone fire deaths

A mother wept today as she heard how her two young sons died in a house fire started by her ex-husband.

Darren Sykes killed his sons Jack and Paul and himself in the blaze at his home in Penistone last October.

He had divorced his wife Claire just two weeks earlier. At an inquest into the boys' deaths in Sheffield he was described as a devoted father, but also a man who had physically and emotionally abused his sons.

Chris Kiddey reports:

Leading film experts learn from Yorkshire's example

Yorkshire has provided a backdrop for films such as Billy Liar, Calendar Girls and The Kings Speech and a three day summit in Bradford, with its own status as UNESCO City of Film, is hoping to build on the county's reputation as a movie destination.

TV and film industry experts from around the globe have arrived in the city to learn from Yorkshire's example.

Michael Billington has more:

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Sign in 'Dogese' at Marsden

The Canal & River Trust have put up signs with a sense of humour at Marsden

Doggy sign at Marsden Credit: SANDIE NICHOLSON

The Canal & River Trust have put up a sign at Standedge Tunnel: Attention dog owners: Pick up after your dogs. Thank you. This 'ruffly' translated into Dogese is 'Grrr, bark, woof'.

Ex-Barnsley Marine first Brit Killed fighting Islamic State

A former Royal Marine has become the first Briton to be killed while fighting against Islamic State in Syria.

Former Royal Marine Konstandinos Erik Scurfield was 25-years-old.

He travelled to Syria to work alongside Kurdish forces proving medical aid.

Today, his family has paid tribute to him, saying his flame burned brightly with love, courage, conviction and honour. Frazer Maude reports:

Bowel cancer patients are missing out on vital test

Bowel cancer patients could be missing out on the best treatment and outcomes because a vital test is not being used enough according to a report out today.

A biomarker test is a way of identifying which patients are more likely to respond to a particular treatment, based on the genetic make-up of their tumour.

The research shows that bowel cancer specialists are testing less frequently than breast and lung cancer clinicians.

The latest figures show that in Hull and East Yorkshire, 398 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year.

In North Lincolnshire 103 cases are diagnosed every year.

In neighbouring North-East Lincolnshire that figure rises slightly to 108 cases.

And in the rest of Lincolnshire 582 people are found to have the disease every year.

Paul Cox was diagnosed with bowel cancer 5 years ago. He has had chemotherapy and an operation to remove his tumour and finally received the all-clear two years after his treatment began.

For more informarion on bowel cancer: http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/

Five wards remain shut at Boston hospital

Hospital chiefs at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital have re-opened one ward but five remain closed due to an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus.

The hospital is now accepting admissions onto ward 6A.

Fewer patients and staff now have active symptoms and the hospital is looking to open three more wards on Saturday 7 March.

Although the situation has improved restrictions are still in place to ensure the hospital continues to protect our patients, visitors and our staff.

Hospital bosses are still asking everyone who wants to visit a friend or relative in hospital to ring the ward at Pilgrim before visiting. The ward will then advise whether it is appropriate to come to the hospital or not. Wards can be contacted via switchboard on 01205 364801.

“Our staff are working incredibly hard to contain the outbreak and support patients and families. I’d also like to thank all those people who have stayed away from hospital.

“Norovirus is the most common cause of stomach bugs. The virus is easily transmitted from one person to another by contact with an infected person or through contaminated food or drink, or touching contaminated surfaces or objects.

"Around 12 to 48 hours after becoming infected, the virus causes sudden onset of nausea followed by projectile vomiting and diarrhoea. Therefore it’s really important to make sure that we protect vulnerable patients and hospital staff.

“This is why we are asking everyone considering visiting a friend or relative in hospital to think carefully about whether they need to come if they have experienced diarrhoea, vomiting or flu-like symptoms in the past four days. Before visiting a loved one in hospital, please call ahead to talk to staff to make sure it’s the best thing to do.

“We know that sometimes visitors feel that they must take every opportunity to visit sick friends or relatives, however if they themselves have been unwell, they could be putting others at risk.”

– Dr Suneil Kapadia, Medical Director United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

The other wards and beds will only reopen for admissions once the patients have been discharged and the area has been symptom free for up to 72hrs. Then the wards will need to be deep cleaned to eliminate all signs of the virus.

If you have norovirus, the best things you can do are rest, and take plenty of non-caffeinated drinks to avoid dehydration.

People worried about prolonged symptoms, should contact NHS 111 or ring their GP surgery. They will provide advice for people who are at greater risk from dehydration from diarrhoea and vomiting, such as children under the age of five or the elderly.

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