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Emergency first responder scheme to expand in East Riding

Firefighters will be teaming up with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Credit: PA

More than 30 firefighters across four East Riding fire stations will soon be responding to selected emergency calls at the same time as an ambulance, thanks to the further roll-out of the county's first Emergency First Responder scheme. The scheme's a joint initiative between Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Humberside Fire Service and has been running at seven stations in the East Riding during the summer. It'll now be expanded to include stations at Beverley, Hornsea, Withernsea and Patrington.

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Concern for missing Lincoln man

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the wellbeing of a man who has gone missing from his Lincoln home.

Fazlur Rahmen has not been seen since October 30 Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Fazlur Rahmen, 36, was last seen at around 2pm on Thursday October 30 by his family at his home in Chestnut Street when he went out to work in Lincoln. He did not arrive at work and has not been seen since.

Mr Rahmen is originally from Bangladesh and speaks English with an American twang. He is around 5ft 8in tall, with short black hair, and was last seen wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, black trousers and black shoes, with a black coat with fur lined hood.

Public to have their say on Boston booze ban

Council officials will be in Boston Market Place between 10am and 2pm today to get the public's view on plans to ban boozing in the ttown centre streets.

Earlier this year 97 per cent of all residents who responded to an earlier consultation said they would support tougher controls on street drinking in a designated area in Boston town centre.

Now new legislation permits the council to introduce a Public Space Prohibition Order, prohibiting consumption of alcohol in a designated area.

But the law requires the council to consult again before bringing in the new rules which will permit police to cause a person to stop drinking or surrender alcohol in the control area without the previous need for the consumption to be accompanied by anti-social behaviour, or the threat of anti-social behaviour.

Under the new rules any person failing to stop drinking when requested will be committing an offence and can be arrested and fined - £100 for a first offence and up to £500 for a second offence committed within six months of the first.

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Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust warned by health watchdog

Three hospitals in our region have been told they must improve following an inspection by the health watchdog.

It outlined issues with Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury District Hospitals which are all run by Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust.

But - two of those hospitals were praised for the critical care they offer.

The trust says it recognise the challenges identified:

Hospitals urge people to use A&E only in absolute emergency

Two hospitals in the region are asking people to only go to A&E in an absolute emergency because of the high number of patients looking for treatment.

At the weekend admissions were diverted away from the Hull Royal Infirmary for two hours to ease the pressure on the department. The Lincoln County Hospital is also urging people to use alternative services unless they have a life threatening condition.

Medics say numbers of people attending are up, but hospitals are still able to treat patients appropriately:

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