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50 children and teachers hospitalised on school trip

50 school children and teachers have been hospitalised during a trip to Belgium. The group of around 80 were visiting the coastal town of Zeebrugge from the Guiseley School, in West Yorkshire.

50 children and staff on a trip from the Guiseley School have been hospitalised Credit: Google Maps

A statement released by the school said those affected were being checked by doctors, while extra staff have been sent to provide assistance:

Whilst travelling back from a school trip to Belgium and France, a number of our staff and children were taken ill. Both children and staff have been checked by doctors and while their conditions are not thought to be serious or contagious, as a precaution, some were kept in hospital and are being monitored.

Our first priority is always the safety of our children. Extra staff from school have arrived in Belgium to assist further, and working with the Belgium authorities, we are hopeful that most of the children will be starting their journey home today.

– Guiseley School statement

Speed cameras go live on A15 South of Lincoln

Cameras go live

Speed cameras go live on the A15 South of Lincoln today on a 4 kilometer stretch between Tower Lane and the Navenby junction.

They have been trialled there over the past four weeks and it is hoped they will help cut down the accident rate on the road, where seven people have been seriously injured and several more slightly hurt in accidents over the past five years. Here's John Siddal from the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership.


University 'freshers' told no need to feel alone

Heading off to university

As first-time university students in our region gear up to the start of term, the charity Samaritans is reminding teenagers that its volunteers are available any time of day or night.

A recent survey revealed 40 per cent of teenagers have struggled to cope at some point. And the charity is reminding those who feel like a ‘Fresher out of water’ that its volunteers are available any time of day or night to listen if they are struggling to cope

University life is often portrayed as a wild, fun journey of self-discovery. Whilst that can be the case for some, the reality is that moving away from home, making new friends, managing a new workload and financial pressures can be a struggle for many young people. As Freshers’ Week begins, Samaritans are making an urgent plea to new students to remember that help is always at hand. Samaritans know that having a listening ear when times get tough helps people work through their problems. If you, or anybody you know, is struggling to cope, for whatever reason, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can tell us anything, it stays between us.”

– Samaritans CEO, Ruth Sutherland

Samaritans can be called on 08457 90 90 90 or visit their website

Poet Laureate to open University of Hull library

The University of Hull's Brynmor Jones Library will be opened today, following a £28 million refurbishment.

Poet Laureate Professor Dame Carol Ann Duffy will open the University of Hull's new library Credit: Press Association

The redevelopment, which began in 2012 is part of the university's £98 million upgrade, and will be opened by Poet Laureate Professor Dame Carol Ann Duffy.

Campaign to teach life skills through sport

A new campaign has been launched by a Sheffield charity to teach children and young people key life skills through sport.

Sheffield City Trust’s Skills for Life initiative aims to highlight how sport can encourage the development of skills including confidence, leadership and communication.

The campaign is focused around coaching in six key sports – athletics, swimming, ice skating, football, gymnastics and trampolining.

It aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Sheffield by providing facilities for sport and leisure activities.


Family of Rosa Parks at Lincoln's Festival800

Act of defiance

Relatives of the late American civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks will be sharing memories about her life and legacy at Lincoln's Festival800 today.

In 1955, Rosa famously refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order to give up her seat in the coloured section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled.

Her act of defiance became an important symbol of the modern Civil Rights Movement, and she became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation, later collaborating with civil rights leaders, including Edgar Nixon and Martin Luther King, Jr.

A host of national and international artists and human rights activists are visiting Lincoln for the Festival800, which is an artistic celebration of the Magna Carta and features Rosa in a giant Magna Carta sand sculpture.

Work starts on new £1m Gibraltar Point visitor centre

A spectacular new £1m visitor centre at Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve will begin to take shape over the coming months.

Artist's impression of new Gibraltar Point visitor centre

Work has started on the brand new building, which will include a café and educational information.

It replaces the former visitor centre, which suffered extensive flood damage during the storm surge in December 2013. The new building will be raised on stilts to protect it from any future flooding.

"This is an opportunity to make Gibraltar Point even more attractive to visitors - an opportunity we intend to take full advantage of.

"The new visitor centre has been designed to make the most of the reserve's stunning views, with expansive windows facing the dunes and sea, and a rooftop viewing deck.

"Combined with the new North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards, this improved attraction will help extend the traditional tourist season on the coast, providing a significant boost to the local economy."

– Cllr Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development. Lincolnshire County Council

The council has developed the ambitious plans in partnership with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, who will continue to run the site.

"We have worked with the county council at Gibraltar Point for over 65 years, and look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come.

"Gibraltar Point has been popular for generations - the new centre will hopefully encourage more visitors to discover this wonderful reserve."

– Paul Learoyd, Chief Executive, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

GCSE pass rate triples at Hull school

A school in Hull has seen its GCSE pass rate triple in the past year. Thomas Ferens Academy, which was once in special measures, is now on course to be one of the most improved in the country. Its success continues to build on the reversal of fortunes in a City which, for many years, lagged towards the bottom of the Education league tables. Meanwhile for thousands of other teenagers the anxious wait is finally over. Although from this year, school won't be out forever, as students now have to stay in some form of education or training until they're 18. Adam Fowler reports.

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