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Campaigners gather in Lincoln to protest over proposed fire service cuts

Protestors have been gathering in Lincoln to show their opposition to proposed cuts to the fire service.

Show of strength in Lincolnshire over proposed cuts to the fire service Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Defend Our Fire Services march started at St Martin's Square at the top of the High Street and was aimed at increasing public awareness to the effect cuts would have to response time and coverage by the service.


'Onesie' attack victim wrongly targeted, say police

A 24-year-old man who was attacked outside a Leeds bar was wrongly targeted say police.

Police release CCTV image in relation to unprovoked attack

The victim, who was wearing a red Christmas onesie, was left with a broken jaw after the unprovoked attack.

The suspect hit the man after he had been ejeted from the Revolution bar following an earlier altercation with another man wearing a red Power Ranges costume.

"The victim was left seriously injured in what we believe was a completely unprovoked attack where it appears he was mistaken for someone the suspect had been involved in a scuffle with earlier on the dancefloor.

I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who thinks they know the identity of the person involved or the other man who was with him. We are continuing to check CCTV in the area and are hopeful that will assist the investigation."

– Det Constable Kate Hutton, West Yorkshire Police

Sir John Major dismisses UKIP general election threat during Lincs visit

Sir John Major has dismissed the threat of UKIP at this year's general election, during a visit to Lincolnshire.

Sir John Major Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The former Tory Prime Minister was in Woodhall Spa, to give his backing to the Conservative candidate for the Louth and Horncastle constituency, Victoria Atkins.

UKIP are expected to compete strongly for seats in Lincolnshire like Boston and Skegness - after growing support at the local and European elections. But Sir John insists the party does not have a long term future.


Teenager rescued after trying to save cliff fall dog

A 17-year-old teenager, who tried to rescue his dog after it had gone over a cliff edge, had to be rescued himself.

RAF Rescue helicopter was dispatach from Leconfield to rescue the teenager

Humber Maritime Rescue centre received an emergency call around 3.15pm on January 29, 2015 to say the teenager was stuck on cliffs at Sewerby in East Yorkshire.

The teenager's mother said he had tried to rescue their dog which had gone over the cliff. The dog had managed to make its own way back leaving the 17-year-old stuck on an icy ledge.

The RAF Rescue Helicopter based at Leconfield was dispatched to resuce to boy.

"This was a well executed rescue and was resolved quickly. However my message oce again is for dog owners to keep their pets on a lead when they are close to the fliff edges. Also,members of the public should never climb ofr descend cliffs in order to carry out a rescue themselves. The weather on that day was inclement, and a snow flurry had just engulfed the area, making the cliffs even more treacherous.'

– Mike Puplett Watch Manager

Football: Saturday's fixtures

Saturday's football fixtures Credit: Press Association

Premier League

Hull v Newcastle - kick off 12.45


Huddersfield v Leeds - kick off 12.30

Charlton v Rotherham - kick off 15.00

Reading v Sheff Wed - kick off 15.00

League 1

Barnsley v Port Vale - kick off 15.00

Bradford v Colchester - kick off 15.00

Chesterfield v Doncaster - kick off 15.00

Leyton Orient v Scunthorpe - kick off 15.00

Sheff Utd v Swindon - kick off 15.00

League 2

Carlisle v Mansfield - kick off 15.00

Southend v York - kick off 15.00

Police release CCTV picture over Leeds 'onesie' attack

Police have released cctv images of a man they want to identify in connection with an unprovoked attack on another man which left him with a broken jaw.

Do you recognise this man? Police would like to speak to him Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The 24-year-old victim, who was wearing a Christmas onesie was punched to the ground in an unprovoked attack.

It happened outside Revolution bar on Great George Street in the city centre at around 11.45pm on Thursday December 18, 2014.

The man, who hit the victim, had been ejected from the bar shortly before after being involved in a separate altercation with a man dressed in a red Power Ranges costume.

Police believe the victim was wrongly targeted.

The suspect is described as white, in his late twenties to early thirties, about 5ft 10ins tall and of medium to stocky build. He has brown hair which was longer on top and was wearing a dark red or burgundy long-sleeved top and carrying a jacket. He was in the company of another man who was white, around 5ft 8ins tall, bald with a beard and glasses.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

Campaigners march against proposed fire service cuts

Campaigners in Lincoln are to march this weekend in protest to cuts which could be made to fire services in the county.

Campaigners in Lincoln are to march this weekend in protest to cuts which could be made to fire services in the county. Credit: Defend Our Fire Services

The Defend Our Fire Services march will start at St Martin's Square at the top of the High Street on Saturday 31 January from 11.30am.

Our campaign seeks to increase public awareness of how the proposed cuts to our Fire and Rescue services will impact on response times and coverage. The service has already experienced a significant reduction to its funding and consequently a further £1.23 million of cuts will have devastating affects for both fire fighters and the public. The campaign has developed real momentum so far and over 1000 people have already signed our petition. However, we still need many more signatures and we're calling on everyone who values their local fire services to march with us on Saturday.

– Elaine Smith, Defend Our Fire Services spokesperson

The Fire Brigade Union in Lincolnshire have praised the campaign saying it shows the strength of community support for the fire service:

We thank all members of the public who have thrown themselves into this campaign. It shows how strongly the local community feels about cuts to their fire service.

– Dan Taylor

The chief fire officer for Lincolnshire has argued that the proposals will enable the service to save money without reducing the service:

Obviously any reduction to the fire service is regrettable; however, we are confident that the proposals being consulted on allow us to achieve the required savings while having the least impact on the overall level of service provided. Since 2010, we have increased the number of fire engines crewed by whole-time firefighters on a 24 hour basis from two to nine, and on average our on-call firefighters across the county train for an extra hour each week. During this time there has been no reduction in the number of fire engines or fire stations and we have been able to make significant investments in new appliances and equipment, to allow our firefighters to continue to deliver a first class fire and rescue service for Lincolnshire.

– Dave Ramscar, chief fire officer for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue
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