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Free Xmas parking in East Yorkshire

Osborne Street multi-storey car park , Hull. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Shoppers in Hull and the East Riding are to be offered free parking in the run up to Christmas to help boost local business.

The parking promotion is part of a campaign to put independent businesses in Hull and the East Riding in the spotlight this Christmas thanks as part of a Government-backed scheme to get shoppers buying local.

The UK's first Small Business Saturday will be held in towns and cities across the country on December 7, giving retailers a chance to promote themselves and generate trade.

East Riding Council and Hull City Council are also playing their part to promote independent retailers during the festive period.

Both local authorities are launching their free parking schemes to coincide with Small Business Saturday.

In a bid to entice people into towns and cities including Hull, Beverley and Bridlington, car park charges will be dropped at a number of locations around the region.

Shoppers can park in Hull City Council's three multi-storey car parks on Saturdays and Sundays from December 7 to 29 for free.

East Riding Council will also be offering free parking on the weekends leading up to Christmas, starting on December 7.

Woman pleads not guilty to causing the death of her sister

A woman from Bridlington has denied causing the death of her sister in a car crash.

Rosie-Ann Stone, 20, pleaded not guilty to a charge of causing the death of Jennie Stone by careless driving when she appeared at Hull Crown Court today.

Stone was prosecuted in February after her sister's car hit a tree on the A165 near Fraisthorpe. Jennie Stone, 28, died after suffering fatal head injuries.

It's understood the defendant was driving her own car when the incident happened.

The crash took place just months after their brother, Private Gregg Stone, was killed while serving with the Army in Afghanistan.

She will go on trial on January 13 next year.