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Hull City Council threatens to take action over Airco Arena

Hull City Council has said it has written to the stadium management company owned by the son of Hull City owner Assem Allam requesting the immediate removal of the 3G pitch laid without its consent at the Airco Arena.

The council has written to Ehab Allam, Vice Chairman of the SMC saying that laying the pitch without permission and for exclusive use by Hull City AFC is a breach of its lease and that - if the SMC fails to comply - legal action will be considered.

The council adds it wants to reinstate Airco Arena as a valued community facility for use by a variety of sports and “by any resident of Kingston upon Hull”

The council also sent a further letter to Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of the Premier League, highlighting that the SMC does not have a “legally enforceable agreement with the owner for exclusive use of an indoor artificial surface” – a key Premier League requirement for any club looking to attain Category 2 Training Academy status.

SMC began work at Airco Arena despite a community campaign earlier this week.

Hull GP wants NHS to be detached from politics

A leading doctor from East Yorkshire wants the health service to become completely independent from political interference and run like the Bank of England.

Dr Zoe Norris, from Hull, made the comments on the day the former head of the NHS in England warned of large deficits in the health service that are being ignored by politicians.

Sir David Nicholson, who retired last year, wants more commitments from all political parties to extra funding, but Dr Norris says health shouldn't be a political issue.


Dramatic CCTV footage shows church in Hull on fire

Hull City Council has released dramatic CCTV footage of a fire at a derelict church building in Hull earlier this week.

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Forty firefighters tackled the blaze at The George Lamb Memorial Chapel in Lambert Street on Wednesday.

The council says that structural engineers have been on site to assess the building and will be advising the owners on the necessary steps to take in order to ensure that it is safe and secure.

The building is Grade 2 listed and therefore any demolition that is necessary for safety reasons will be undertaken in a way which seeks to retain the integrity of the Listed building.

– Hull City Council


Ben Needham's family have travelled to Greece after new lead

Three generations of Ben Needham's family have travelled to Greece to follow up one of the strongest leads they've ever had since the toddler's disappearance.

Ben vanished from the holiday island of Kos in 1991 - but over the last few months his mother Kerry was contacted by someone who thinks he's Ben.

Kerry, his grandmother Christine and sister Leighanna went to meet him on mainland Greece.

Tour de Yorkshire podium jerseys unveiled

Three Tour de Yorkshire podium jerseys have been unveiled.

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They have been designed by a company founded in Leeds.

Milltag, founded by Leeds-born Ed Cowburn and his business partner Pete Kelsey, have been creating designer cycling kit for five years.

A fourth and final jersey will being unveiled tomorrow.

Credit: Tour de Yorkshire
Credit: Tour de Yorkshire
Credit: Tour de Yorkshire

The major international cycling race will be held on the 1st – 3rd May with the routes for the three days taking the event through some of the county’s most spectacular scenery.

Memorial service to be held for Viv Nicholson

The family of Viv Nicholson have announced plans to hold a memorial service as a mark of respect.

In a statement, they confirmed that the public service will take place after a private funeral on 1st May.

The memorial service will take place from 2pm to 3pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Sugar Street in Castleford.

The family will then be at the Magnet Hotel in Castleford from 4pm to 6pm and 'welcome anyone to join us who would like to pay their final respects to Viv.'

The family have set up a fundraising page for people to donate to the pools winner's chosen charity, Dementia UK.

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