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North South divide widens, according to new report

The gap between towns and cities in the North and South of the country has dramatically widened, according to a report out today.

Hull which was named as one of the worst performing cities for new business Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Hull and Grimsby have been named as two of the worst performing cities for new businesses and job creation.

The Centre for Cities said they are lagging behind most others in the country - especially those in the South where 12 new jobs are created for every 1 job created in the North.

Grimsby has the lowest business growth figure in the country Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Grimsby has the lowest business growth figure in the country. And alongside Hull - the two rank fifth and sixth worst nationwide for jobs with a combined 15 thousand fewer positions than a decade ago.

The research also revealed Huddersfield has lost more than 10,000 jobs in just 10 years and is one of ten towns and cities with the lowest weekly earnings.

Bradford has seen the lowest rise in house prices of any other city in the country while Leeds is said to have one of highest levels of inequality.

Read: Find out how your city faired in the report at

Labour election campaign bus stops in Grimsby

Labour's Shadow work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves MP and Labour Election Campaign Co-ordinator Jonathan Ashworth MP will take the Labour Express campaign bus to Cleethorpes and Grimsby today for a major day of campaigning by the Party across North East Lincolnshire.

Rachel Reeves MP Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The two frontbench MPs will be joined by a bus-load of campaigners from Leeds and will hook up with a crowd of local campaigners on arrival at Cleethorpes Pier, including parliamentary candidates Peter Keith (Cleethorpes) and Melanie Onn (Great Grimsby).

They will spend the afternoon campaigning on residents' doorsteps across the two constituencies.


Police appeal for missing 14-year-old to get in touch

Police are appealing for help to find a missing teenager. 14-year-old Shannon Brazier from Scunthorpe was last seen in Grimsby on Friday 2nd January. Police say they're growing increasingly for her welfare because of her age.

Shannon is described as being a 14-year-old white girl who is approximately 5ft 7ins tall with brown “messy” hair tied up in a pony tail. She has a cheek piercing and when last seen was wearing a dark blue parka type jacket with a fur trimmed hood with light blue Puma suede trainers with a red emblem.

Grimsby oil refinery worker jailed for life for killing ex-wife

An oil refinery worker from Grimsby who carried out the 'planned and deliberate killing' of his former wife has been jailed for life today at Lincoln Crown Court.

Wai Hong Tsang jailed for life for killing ex-wife Credit: Lincolnshire police

Wai Hong Tsang, 33, who was from Grimsby, was found guilty last Friday of the murder of his twenty nine year old ex-wife Mingzi Yang at her home in Sincil Bank in Lincoln last June.

This morning (Monday January 5, 2015) Tsang was sentenced to life and was told he would serve a minimum of 28 years before being eligible for parole.


Ward re-opens after winter sickness bug

A ward at Grimsby's Diana, Princess of Wales has re-opened after an outbreak of the norovirus. Ward B6 had to be shut down to preven the spread of the winter vomiting bug. The stroke unit is remaining closed, however.

Visitors who have been suffering from the bug are urged not to come to the hospital until they have been symptom free for 48 hours.

Advice to follow if you are affected:

  • Follow good hygiene measures, including thorough hand washing, particularly after visiting the toilet
  • Where possible, stay away from school or work until 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped
  • Drink plenty of fluids and rest to prevent dehydration
  • Make sure that any surface contaminated by vomit or faeces is thoroughly disinfected after an episode of illness
  • If symptoms worsen or persist for more than 48 hours, contact your family doctor or take advice from NHS 111.

Grimsby Town spoof Christmas video going viral

Grimsby Town have released a spoof Christmas video. The Mariners have roped their star striker into wearing a bow on his head and sitting underneath a Christmas tree. His name? John Lewis, Lenell John-Lewis, to be precise. The story centres on one Mariners' fan driving his girlfriend mad by fantasising about the striker, only to find a certain special somebody wrapped up under the Christmas tree with a bright red bow on his head.

Teenager missing from Grimsby treatment centre

Will Gilligan and Katie Free Credit: Humberside Police

A teenage girl from York has gone missing from a treatment centre in the Grimsby area.

19-year-old Katie Free was being cared for in Grimsby, but was last seen in Cleethorpes at around 12:45 on Saturday.

Katie has not been seen since then and police are growing concerned for her welfare due to an existing medical condition.

Katie is described as being white and of pale complexion with blue eyes and red hair often worn in a ponytail. She is 5'7" tall and of thin build and wears glasses.

When last seen she was wearing black leggings with a burgundy hooded jacket with a white logo on the front. She was said to be carrying a black tote bag and wearing burgundy shoes.

Katie is believed to be in the company of her boyfriend Will Gilligan (pictured) who is from the Darlington area and it is thought they may have travelled together to the North Yorkshire or Darlington area.

Katie has been missing before and she was located safely and promptly.

Katie’s welfare is our main priority and our aim is to achieve that result again and as quickly as possible. As time moves on our concern is growing due to her ongoing health issues. It is important that we locate Katie so that we can ensure she receives the support she urgently needs. We are appealing to Katie to make contact, either with her family or the emergency services at the earliest opportunity. We would also ask the public to help us by calling us to inform us if they see Katie and provide us with details of her whereabouts.

– Detective Inspector Jim Fairgrieve, Humberside Police
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