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Police searching for missing 18-year-old

Police are appealing for help from the public in locating an 18-year-old girl currently missing from the Grimsby area.

Police are searching for Katie Free Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Katie Free, who is originally from York, left Grimsby General Hospital, where she was receiving in-patient treatment on the afternoon of Sunday 26 October 2014.

She has not been seen since then and officers 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 5ft 7ins tall and of thin build and is a spectacle wearer.

When last seen she was wearing black leggings with boots and a blue coloured top and a coat over the top.

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

Katie’s welfare is our main priority and as time moves on our concern is growing due to her ongoing health issues. It is important that we locate Katie as quickly as possible 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.

– Chief Inspector Mark Bishop


Eight-year-old Claudia dies four months after 'miracle' brain cancer survival

Claudia pictured in May 2012 Credit: Facebook/Claudia's Cause

A little girl from Grimsby died in her sleep this morning just months after her mother said that a "miracle" had saved her precious daughter from terminal brain cancer.

Claudia Birkill's heartbroken family posted a statement on the Claudia's Cause Facebook page this morning:

Claudia died peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of this morning.

Despite her long illness, ultimately, her death is an incredible shock to all that know and love her.

We urge everyone to treat our family with the grace and dignity that you yourselves would wish for, if you life has just been destroyed in an instant.

Please give us our privacy as we come to terms with Claudia's death and please give us our space to grieve. Thank you.

– Claudia's Cause
Claudia pictured with her mother, brother and sister. Credit: Facebook/Claudia's Cause

On various occasions, Claudia's family were told she only had days to live.

Yet that prognosis was completely reversed in June after she was put through an experimental treatment known as The Milan Protocol.

Her mother had then celebrated Claudia being "cancer free" and no longer classed as terminally ill.

But in the following months, Claudia suffered pneumonia and sickness.

Recent photographs posted by her mother showed her on oxygen and with a lung problem that the family had not identified.

Claudia pictured on October 22nd, three days before she passed away. Credit: Facebook/Claudia's Cause

Two days ago, her mother wrote:

We go to bed every night with a clear conscience, knowing that we do our best. As a child, I was always told that ultimately, this is all we can do and that is all that matters.


Police charge Grimsby murder suspect

A man has been charged with the murder of Sheikh Zubair Hamidi in Grimsby earlier this week.

Mr Hamidi was 48 years old and originally from Bangladesh. He suffered multiple head injuries.

Junaid Hamidi, who's 28, and from Clacton-on-Sea was remanded in custody by Grimsby and Cleethorpes Magistrates to appear at Hull Crown Court on Monday

Man charged over Grimsby murder

A man arrested in connection with the murder of Sheikh Zubair Hamidi in Freeman Street, Grimsby earlier this week has been charged.

Junaid Hamidi, 28, of Clacton-on-Sea has been charged with one count of murder.

He has been detained for court and is due to appear this morning at Grimsby and Cleethorpes Magistrates Court.


Police investigate death of man in Grimsby

An investigation has been launched and initial enquiries are underway following reports of a body being found at an address on Freeman Street, Grimsby.

Police investigate death of man in Grimsby

Officers are treating the death of a man believed to be in his forties as unexplained.

One man has been arrested.

A road closure is currently in place between the top of Freeman Street and Kent Street and police are appealing for witnesses or information that would assist them in their investigation.

Police say local neighbourhood teams will be providing an increased visible presence in the area in order to provide reassurance and address any community concerns.

£1.7 million "brought in" by Peaks Parkway speed cameras

It has been revealed that up to 70 drivers every day were caught speeding on Peaks Parkway in Grimsby in the first three months after a 30mph limit was introduced.

Fines handed out to drivers are thought to have made up to £1.7 million pounds in just 12 months. The limit is due to be raised to 40mph.

“The decision by full council to put up the speed limit to 40mph came after more than 2,000 people signed a petition calling for the increase.

“A working group was set up in response and the matter thoroughly investigated after years of debate.

“We believe increasing the speed limit not only addresses the needs of the local community, but also the needs of business and visitors to Grimsby and other parts of the borough.”

– Cllr Chris Shaw, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council

Safer Roads Humber says the increase is concerning and that speed restrictions do go some way to preventing more serious accidents:

“I am naturally concerned that increasing this speed limit to 40mph will give drivers less time to react to unexpected events and if a crash does occur the increased speed will result in more serious injury.

"Whilst exceeding the speed limit is not the major cause of collisions it is almost the sole determinant of the likelihood and severity of injury. I do acknowledge that North East Lincolnshire Council has responsibility for this road and they can raise the speed limit. Ultimately it is their decision to make.

"I am pleased that it is intended to enhance signage and improve road markings. I hope that drivers will continue to drive carefully along this road with extra special care at the major junctions.”

– Mick Harris, Safer Roads Humber

Yorkshire businessman heads up UKIP General Election campaign

Paul Sykes with Nigel Farage Credit: Press Association

UKIP has announced that Yorkshire businessman Paul Sykes has been put in charge of managing the party's General Election campaign.

He will be looking after the team focussing on the key target seats the party is looking to win, such as Boston, Rotherham and Grimsby.

I would like to thank UKIP’s National Executive Committee for having the trust in me to head up the campaign to win as many target seats as possible. Only by electing UKIP MPs to the House of Commons can we hope to start getting back control of our own borders from the EU, and making our own laws in our own Parliament, and once again become a truly self-governing democracy.

– Paul Sykes
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