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Whistle blowing helpline set up after Rotherham abuse scandal

A whistle-blowing helpline for employees to raise concerns about child protection failures in the workplace will go live on Monday.

The helpline is run by the NSPCC on behalf of the Home Office Credit: Pool image

The helpline, run by the NSPCC on behalf of the Home Office, follows the Rotherham abuse scandal, in which at least 1400 children were sexually exploited amid a series of collective failures by the authorities.

The charity says its a "vital" service which will help children in danger and that any concerns raised will be passed on to relevant authorities to investigate.

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Calls for better deal for dialysis patients

A father from Hull is calling for kidney dialysis patients to be automatically entitled to disability benefits - after his own battle with the Department for Work and Pensions.

Stephen Beet has 15 hours of dialysis a week - and has just been awarded Personal Independence Payments - but only after a long struggle to convince assessors that he should get the money. Michael Billington reports.

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Weekend Football Fixtures

Here's a list of today's fixtures:

Championship

  • Blackburn Rovers v Hull City
  • Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield Town
  • Rotherham United v Birmingham City
  • Sheffield Wednesday v Brentford

League One

  • Doncaster Rovers v Sheffield
  • Gillingham v Barnsley
  • Peterborough United v Bradford City
  • Scunthorpe United v Southampton United

League Two

  • Plymouth Argyle v Mansfield
  • York City v Notts County

Two motorcyclists killed in separate accidents in Lincolnshire

Two motorcyclists have died in separate accidents in Lincolnshire.

Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The first happened around 13.08pm yesterday afternoon when a grey Yamaha motorbike was in collision with a Vauxhall Insignia at Woodfield Avenue in Lincoln. The car is believed to have been parked at the time.

The 19-year-old motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital but later died.

The second accident happened at 18.50pm yesterday evening on the B1188 at Nocton, when a white Yamaha 125cc motor cycle was in collision with a blue Mazda car.

The 41-year-old motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are appealing to witnesses to both accidents.

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