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Concessionary Bridge tolls start for cancer patients

Cancer patients from North and North East Lincolshire who are beginning treatment at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham will start to benefit from concessionary bridge tolls today.

Concessionary tolls start for cancer patients crossing the Humber Bridge Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Last month, the Humber Bridge Board announced that it would be using the discretion afforded by the new Humber Bridge Act to enable certain patients receiving cancer treatment to cross toll-free for a trial six-month period.

Now the first patients to benefit from the concessions will be able to travel across the Humber Bridge for treatment without having to worry about the cost of their crossings.

An estimated 60 cancer patients per month will benefit from toll-free crossings, with tickets administered through Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Bulls stars launch " Sleep Out"

Bradford Bulls stars are urging the public to join them in swapping their beds for sleeping bags at Provident Stadium, Odsal, for a 'Sleep Out' – in aid of youth homelessness charity Centrepoint and the Bradford Bulls Foundation.

Bradford Bulls stars plan to sleep out for charity Credit: Bradford Bulls

Matty Blythe, Adam Sidlow and Lee Gaskell joined Bulls chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul in posing in sleeping bags to launch the fundraiser, which will be taking place in Bradford – for the first time – on Thursday November 6.

Blythe, Sidlow, Gaskell and Hunter-Paul will be joined in the sleep out by the club’s commercial manager Rob Parker and are targeting a further 200 people to join them.

Money raised by the event will be divided equally between the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint, which works with more than 300 vulnerable 16-25 year-olds in the Bradford area, and The Bulls Foundation, which uses the power of sport to educate, motivate and inspire the local community with sport and education.

We are delighted to be supporting such an incredible, worthwhile cause and fundraising in such a groundbreaking and innovative manner.

“We would love to see as many people as possible getting involved with this scheme, as we aim to raise huge funds for our official charity, The Bulls Foundation, and Centrepoint, who work tirelessly to support struggling youngsters in our city.

“I myself will be 'hitting the hay' in the Provident Stand and I will be joined by plenty of James Lowes' first-team squad too, so come on down, wrap up warm, get involved and help us do our bit for the local community.”

– Robbie Hunter-Paul, Bradford Bulls chief executive

Sleepers who bed down at the Provident Stadium will get the chance to tour the famous home of the Bulls, meet the players and enjoy local entertainment.

Local restaurant MyLahore is laying on a curry buffet during the evening and Bradford-based supermarket Morrisons will be offering a survivors breakfast for participants who have braved the November night.

80,000 young people face homelessness each year in the UK each year – enough to fill the Provident Stadium nearly four times over. Too many of these young people are exposed to the dangers of the streets.

“That is why we’re asking people to give up the comfort of their beds for just one night. Sleep Out doesn’t aim to replicate the experience that’s impossible.

" But taking part will give people a small insight into what too many young people go through every night, and the money raised will help Centrepoint provide the support they need to leave homelessness behind.”

– Faye Wilson, Centrepoint Regional Fundraising Manager,

Visit www.sleep-out.org.uk to sign up. Registration is £25 and participants are encouraged to raise £250.

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Burglar jailed for 5 years

A man who committed burglaries in Skegness and Winthorpe, as well as in the Barnsley area in July, has been jailed for five years at Lincoln Crown Court.

Craig Fellows has been jailed for 5 years for a string of burglaries Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Craig Fellows, 44, of Royston, Barnsley admitted burglary with intent to steal at a property in Queen's Drive, Skegness, and burglary of a caravan at Winthorpe.

The court heard that during the Skegness burglary, he walked into the home of a 75-year-old man. When he was discovered he asked for money, but the man managed to push him outside.

After this incident he went on to break into a caravan in Winthorpe, stealing a laptop and cash.

Fellows was identified on CCTV and was traced and arrested.

He admitted two charges of burglary and two charges of theft in the Barnsley area. He also admitted breach of a suspended sentence imposed by Barnsley Magistrates for theft.

Craig Fellows was a short stay visitor to the coast who blighted the local community of Winthorpe, preying on the elderly and vulnerable.

"He would find it acceptable to invite himself into people's home and help himself to their belongings. With the help of the local community Fellows was quickly identified and arrested, and this led to his immediate imprisonment.

"Whilst such offences are few and far between, these incidents act as a reminder for us all to think about our home security, and something as simple as keeping the door locked can be so effective".

– Det Sgt Lee St Quinton, Skegness CID

Doncaster chosen as home of National High Speed Rail College

Doncaster is to become the home of the new National High Speed Rail College.

Doncaster chosen as home of National High Speed Rail College

The college, as well as a similar centre in Birmingham, will train thousands of new engineers, who are needed to deliver billions of pounds worth of rail contracts over the coming decades, including the new HS2 high speed rail line.

Doncaster’s fast paced rail and engineering renaissance has stepped up a gear this year with over 10,000 people employed in the sector and firms having order books in excess of £1.7billion over the next five years. There is also strong interest from companies looking to locate to one of Britain’s most important railway centres.

I am delighted that our hard work to bring the new National High Speed Rail College to Doncaster has been a success and I would like to thank everyone who has been part of our bid, or supported it. Doncaster has always led the way in terms of cutting edge rail engineering and this decision confirms our position as the home of rail. It’s a great day for Doncaster. It will offer local people, including our school leavers, the chance to gain high level engineering skills leading to well-paid jobs that are in high demand.

– Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster

Yorks footballer faces match-fix trial

A former Premier League footballer from Huddersfield has appeared in court after being charged over an alleged match-fixing conspiracy.

Delroy Facey Credit: Press Association

Delroy Facey was charged with conspiracy to commit bribery earlier this month following a National Crime Agency inquiry. Facey was at Birmingham Crown Court for the brief hearing, wearing a blue shirt, and appeared composed as he sat in the dock, listening to proceedings.

He is set to re-appear at the crown court for a plea hearing on October 27.

Appearing alongside Facey was Moses Swaibu, 25, formerly of non league Brighton-based Whitehawk FC who is accused of one count of the same charge.

Swaibu is facing re-trial after a jury failed to reach a verdict in June.

Both men are set to be tried over the allegations in April, next year.

Facey, 34, of Huddersfield, played 10 times for Bolton in the top tier of English football from 2002 to 2004, and was originally arrested in November 2013.

During his career Facey also played for West Brom, Hull, Notts County, Lincoln and Tranmere.

Both men appeared on unconditional bail.

Wanted Harrogate man urged to hand himself in

Detectives in Harrogate are appealing for the public’s help to locate a wanted man.

Kevin Lewis is wanted for recall to prison Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Kevin Robert Lewis, 31, of Station Square, Harrogate, is wanted for recall to prison as he has breached the conditions of his release licence.

Lewis was sentenced to two years and four months’ imprisonment in March 2013, after being convicted of burglary.

He was released from prison in August 2014 but is suspected of committing a further offence and must return to custody.

Lewis is described as white, 5ft 11in tall, with a skinny build and dark brown, balding hair

It is believed Lewis is in the Harrogate area and he has links to the town centre.

Mr Lewis, if you see or hear this appeal, my advice is simple - hand yourself in.

“By remaining at large you are only making the inevitable outcome worse for yourself and prolonging your stay in prison when we catch up with you.

“I am asking members of the public who see Lewis to contact the police straight away.”

“Officers have already visited addresses in the Harrogate area which we know Lewis has links to and the efforts to locate him will continue until he is back in custody.

“Lewis’ associates should know that harbouring an offender is a criminal offence and you face prison yourself if you are helping him to evade the police.”

– Det Sgt Kevin Kelly, Harrogate CID

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Rent reduction for Kirkgate Market traders

Leeds City Council has approved a 20 per cent rent reduction for traders to compensate for trading conditions during the multi-million pound refurbishment to the market.

Rent reduction for Kirkgate Market traders

The report proposed a reduction for traders until September 2015 to compensate for trading conditions during the construction work. It also recommended £100,000 be put into the project, so as to allow for the temporary relocation of Fish and Game Row traders during more extensive works as part of the refurbishment.

The council says it is keen to ensure that as much of the market as possible remains open and trading during the period of construction.

It is essential that we improve Kirkgate Market to make it more attractive to today’s customers and traders, and to build on the many distinct advantages the market already has. We are aware however, that any project of this scale is going to cause disruption, and therefore we are putting plans in place early on to ensure we minimise disruption to traders and customers alike during this time of exciting change.

– Cllr Richard Lewis

Region's unemployment figures revealed

Unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber fell by 25,000 in the three months to July, official figures have revealed.

Unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber fell by 25,000 in the three months to July, official figures have revealed. Credit: Press Association

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that a total of 203,000 people were unemployed in the region between May and July.

The region's unemployment rate was 7.3% and saw a fall of 11% during the period. The worst area in the UK was the South West which recorded a 17,000 increase in the number of people without a job.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has fallen below one million for the first time in six years, new figures showed.

The claimant count fell for the 22nd month in a row in July by 37,200 to 966,500, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is the first time the figure has been below one million since September 2008.

The Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith says getting people in to work gives them a better chance:

The jobless total was 2.02 million in the quarter to July, down by 146,000 on February to April, giving a lower-than-expected unemployment rate of 6.2%.

Analysts had forecast an unemployment rate of 6.3%.

The jobless total is now 468,000 fewer than a year earlier, the largest annual fall in unemployment since 1988.

Average earnings including bonuses rose by 0.6% in the year to July, while average earnings excluding bonuses were 0.7% higher.

There are now 30.61 million people in work, 74,000 more than February to April, the smallest quarterly increase since April to June 2013.

The Chancellor added that unemployment in Scotland was down to 6%, below the UK average.

Despite a steady two-year easing of unemployment with record numbers in work, the rise in average earnings is still a long way short of the pace of inflation at 1.5%.

The Bank of England halved its forecast for average wage growth last month, saying it now expects average salaries to rise by 1.25% this year.

On-street parking charges to be considered in Lincoln

On-street parking charges could be introduced in Lincoln as the council begins to introduce a new parking strategy for the city.

On-street parking charges to be considered in Lincoln Credit: Press Association

Currently parking in many areas of the city is free but the council believe this is reducing the money collected by council operated paid car parks.

Previous proposals to implement on-street car parking charges in Lincoln were rejected by the City Council Executive Committee in 2011.

The council believe the recent plans are more likely to be approved as the increased revenue could lead to the introduction of a park-and-ride scheme as well as two new multi-storey car parks.

The plans will be discussed at a council meeting on 22 September.

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