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Siemens vision of its future in Hull

2016 will see the culmination of the years of planning that have gone into the multi-million pound Siemens development. Around 1,000 jobs will be created at what will be the biggest wind turbine factory in Europe.

The plant is due to open in September and after years of steady decline, it should bring much needed prosperity to the city of Hull. James Webster has been given an exclusive tour of the site to see how work is progressing and meet some of those hoping to work there.

After his tour, James met up with the Siemens Project Director, Finbarr Dowling, to find out more about the company's vision for their future in Hull.

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Construction work progressing well on Alexandra Dock site

Construction work on the Green Port Hull Alexandra Dock site is progressing well and is on schedule for an early 2017 completion, Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced.

Alexandra Dock in Hull Credit: Associated British Ports

The 54-acre site, which ABP and its main contractor GRAHAM Lagan Construction Group Joint Venture (JV) are preparing for Siemens’ offshore wind turbine manufacturing facility, is being transformed in Hull’s biggest engineering project since the port was built.

The enabling works undertaken by ABP and their contractors are worth £150 million.

The dock infill has now been completed, with one million cubic metres of sand pumped into the dock to fill one third of the water area.

Excess sand was stored during this process to be used for the 7.5 hectare reclaim, which will become the new quayside and component storage areas, and this is now being pumped into position around the existing timber sheds and jetties, which will be demolished in the coming weeks.

Marine piling for the new quay wall is almost complete and piling for the anchor wall and roll on-roll off ramp is continuing.

The JV has now taken control of the east side of the site to begin preparatory works for the 25,000 square metre service building. Five substations, which will supply 6MVA to the site, are also being built to supply the new facility with electricity.

“It’s fantastic to see the site beginning to take shape and it’s testament to the hard work of the ABP project team, the main contractor and all of those organisations and individuals involved in the enabling works that the project is on schedule and Siemens’ facility will be operational by the end of 2016.”

– Simon Bird, ABP Director Humber

Cyber crime warning as £18,000 lost online in three months

Humberside Police are warning people to be on their guard against cyber crimes after it was revealed victims in the region were conned out of nearly £18,000 online between July and September this year.

The majority of victims fell for bogus computer software tech support calls with people claiming to be from big name companies saying they need credit card details in order to validate software.

Rotherham suspend new signing after assault conviction

Rotherham have suspended new signing Simon Lenighan after his conviction for assault.

Simon Lenighan has been suspended by Rotherham Credit: @OfficialRUFC

The 21-year-old former Leeds midfielder, who only joined the Millers last week, on Thursday pleaded guilty to assaulting three women while on a night out in February.

Lenighan escaped jail but was sentenced to a community order for 12 months, including 150 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay damages.

The club can announce that following recent reported events in the press and having spoken with the player concerned, it has decided to suspend Simon Lenighan pending an investigation into the matter.

The club will make a further statement as and when appropriate but will not do so whilst the matter is under investigation.

The club hopes to finalise its investigation in a speedy manner and will make further comment as and when appropriate to do so.

– Rotherham United

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Teething problems with new Humber Bridge toll system

There have been a few teething problems for motorists crossing the Humber Bridge today as they get used to a new electronic toll system.

Drivers need a special tag fitted to their windscreens which allows the barrier to automatically lift up. But problems have already been identified with the system causing tailbacks throughout the morning. Here's Bridgemaster Peter Hill.

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