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Businesses 'fighting for survival' as roadworks take place

Businesses in a Lincolnshire village say they're fighting for survival because the High Street's closed for months while new sewer pipes are installed.

The work in Ruskington was supposed to be finished this month but Anglian Water says it will now last until June. The new pipes are needed to prevent flooding but local firms say the disruption is driving away customers. Adam Fowler reports.

Report shows dramatic rise in people turning to food banks for emergency handouts

Campaigners are claiming parts of the region are in the grip of a hunger crisis as a new report lays bare a dramatic rise in people turning to food banks for emergency handouts.

More than 37,000 people in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire received three days emergency food over the last year - that's almost a three fold increase on the previous 12 months.

All this on the day, that new figures show an extra 3,000 people have lost their jobs in our region over the last three months. We have two reports, first this from James Webster.


Ex-chair of the Co-op bank, Paul Flowers, charged with possessing illegal drugs

The former chairman of the Co-op bank and clergyman Paul Flowers has been charged with possessing illegal drugs.

Reverand Flowers, a methodist minister from Bradford, called the media vultures as he arrived at a police station in Leeds to find out the decision of prosecutors. He'll now appear in court next month accused of possessing drugs including cocaine and crystal meth. Jon Hill reports.

Special report: Questions over whether the PM's jobs optimism is justified

Could the recovery be passing us by after the latest jobless figures for our region showed a sharp rise in unemployment?

Three thousand more people in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire found themselves looking for jobs in the three months from December to February. Not included in the figures are more than 1300 jobs under threat at Kellingley and Thoresby Collieries.

Yet when David Cameron visited our region a few months ago he insisted that it was "time to celebrate Yorkshire's part in the recovery". Well, in this special report David Hirst assesses whether the Prime Minister's optimism is justified.


Dog attack victim fears for career

A father of two from Bradford who fears he may not be able to work again after being savagely mauled by a dog.

Jamie Farrell, who's a self employed joiner, was working outside when a Japanese akita, which was being walked by a young child, broke free and went for him.

The dog has since been seized - but Jamie now fears that nobody may be prosecuted over what happened. Here's Kate Walby

Campaign to donate old bikes for new cyclists rolling on

Ahead of the Grand Depart, it's natural that the whole of Yorkshire is thinking what we'll get out of the Tour De France. But for one charity in West Yorkshire, volunteers are planning what they can give back.

The Streetbikes charity in Liversedge is hoping people inspired to buy new bikes by the Tour will donate their old ones. They've already taught more than two thousand people how to ride - and want to help even more people saddle up, as Helen Steel reports

Transport boss removed from post over Lendal Bridge restrictions

A York councillor at the centre of the city's Lendal Bridge closure has been removed from his post as Transport Chief. It follows controversial restrictions on the bridge which saw over 50 thousand motorists fined.

The City of York council announced last week that restrictions were to be lifted. Dave Merrett who was in charge of transport will step down as part of a Labour Cabinet Reshuffle and take up a new role in Environmental Services.

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