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360 pigs killed in arson attack

A fire at a farm in Beeford in the early hours of Monday morning has killed 360 pigs and caused upwards of £340,000 worth of damage.

The fire is believed to have been started sometime between 8pm on Sunday August 16 and 1.40am on Monday morning at a farm in Beeford, Driffield.

The fire service believe the fire was started by deliberately. The blaze started in a shed with 300 tonnes of straw, before spreading to a large steel barn with agricultural machinery and a pig pen.

Humberside Police are now urging anyone who believes they know anything about the arson to contact them.

Cyclist fighting for life in hospital after hit and run accident

A cyclist is critically ill in hospital after being found laying in the road following a collision with a car in Driffield.

It happened at around 9.50am on Saturday March 21, outside Yorkworld Pigpro on the road between the B1249 and Kilham.

The 51-year-old man on the pedal cycle was found by a passing motorist. Police believe the car which collided with the bicycle had driven away from the scene without leaving any details.

The cyclist was airlifted to hospital suffering head injuries and fractures.


Bird flu restrictions lifted after outbreak

All restrictions have been lifted Credit: Press Association

All restrictions following the outbreak of Avian Flu in Yorkshire last month have now been lifted.

This means that all poultry keeping farms within the 10 kilometre surveillance zone around the infected property in Nafferton, East Yorkshire are now allowed to move poultry and other animals without restriction.

Other restrictions covering the storage, transport and sourcing of meat products are also lifted.

A protected zone which imposed additional movement controls on properties within 3 kilometres of the infected farm was lifted on Friday 12 December. The restrictions have been lifted at the earliest time permitted under EU law, to minimise the impact on the local economy.

NHS England: Treatment will continue

NHS England say patients receiving the drug elosulfase alpha will continue to be treated with it.

The family of one young patient with congenital myotonic dystrophy had feared that the 6-year-old would no longer receive the drug, but in a statement the health body said:

Patients who have received elosulfase alpha as part of the clinical trial will continue to receive it. NHS England will not currently be making any decisions which affect this while we review the process for making funding decisions about specialist treatments.

– NHS England

Setback for family fighting for NHS drugs funding

A family fighting to get drugs funding for their little boy's rare and life-limiting disease fear their battle could have suffered a setback because the NHS is changing the way it decides on which treatments it will pay for.

Although Sam Brown's parents felt the previous process used by NHS England was stacked against them, they believe the decision to suspend it could have a negative impact on the six year old's health. Lisa Adlam reports.


Friends' support pays for trip to American doctors for sick toddler

Family and friends have spent the past few months fundraising to pay for a trip to Utah University for a terminally ill child from Driffield in East Yorkshire. Joshua Burdall has undergone tests which researchers in America say could help them develop new drugs to treat his rare congenital myotonic dystrophy.

Factfile: What is congenital myotonic dystrophy

Congenital myotonic dystrophy is a form of muscular dystrophy which weakens the muscles in babies and children. Congenital means that a child is born with the condition. People with muscular dystrophy are missing some information in their genes which stops them making the protein they need for healthy muscles.

Muscular dystrophy weakens muscles over time meaning that those with the disease gradually lose the ability to carry out ordinary tasks like walking or sitting up which other people take for granted.

Myotonic dystrophy is a form of the disease that stops the muscles from relaxing. In teenagers it can cause muscle weakness and wasting (where the muscles shrink over time), cataracts, and heart problems.

Foster mother: We are hoping and praying to stop Josh declining

A foster mother from East Yorkshire says she is hoping and praying that a new treatment can be found to stop her foster son's condition declining. Joshua Burdall, 3, has congenital myotonic dystrophy which is a life-limiting condition. Sarah Ruane has recently taken him to America where researchers have conducted tests which could lead to new drugs being developed:

New hope for child with rare genetic condition

Three year old Joshua Burdall Credit: ITV News Calendar

The family of a three year old boy from East Yorkshire with a rare genetic condition hope a recent trip to America will help develop a new treatment for him. Joshua Burdall was born with life limiting congenital myotonic dystrophy. It affects the strength of his muscles and means he cannot make different facial expressions. He also has speech and learning difficulties.

Family and friends raised the money to pay for Joshua to travel to America where doctors have carried out tests which, over the next three years, could help them develop new treatments which could help Joshua and other children like him. He will need to return to the USA twice more.

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