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Flags hoisted for Merchant Navy Day

North East Lincolnshire will fly the Red Ensign at Grimsby Town Hall and the Remembrance Gate at Cleethorpes today to raise awareness of the UK's ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers.

The Red Ensign will be flown above Grimsby Town Hall to mark Merchant Navy Day

Flags will be raised by the Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Cliff Barber at Grimsby Town Hall at 10.00am and at the Remembrance Gate at Cleethorpes at 12.30pm.

North East Lincolnshire Council is supporting a nationwide call from the Seafarers UK charity and the Merchant Navy Association for the UK Merchant Navy's official flag to be flown on public buildings and landmark flagstaffs.

"The Merchant Navy has played a significant part in the culture of this country and it's great that we have national recognition for our seafarers.

"North East Lincolnshire has a proud history of working with the Merchant Navy, and it's important to remember those who served in the service.

"They deserve prime place alongside the other forces who courageously gave their efforts and lives in the wars."

– Cllr Cliff Barber, Mayor of North East Lincolnshire

Crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Grimsby

A major crackdown on anti-social behaviour has begun in Grimsby, on a street where police say they've received dozens of complaints from residents and businesses.

North East Lincolnshire Council and Humberside Police say the problems on Freeman Street are often linked to street drinking. A 'Public Space Protection Order' is already in place in the area, which enables officers to confiscate alcohol and issue fines.

Some businesses say the problems are so bad though they're driving away trade.

Kate Hemingway reports:


Man dies in a Grimsby river

Police are investigating after a man was found in a river in Grimsby.

Officers were called to the River Freshney near Ripon Street yesterday afternoon. The man was taken to Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Humberside Police are trying to determine how he came to be in the river and are asking for any witnesses to get in touch.

The man is believed to be aged 54 and local to the area, but formal identification is yet to take place.

Man arrested over Grimsby serious assault

Police investigating a serious assault, which happened after a disturbance outside a bar in Grimsby, have made an arrest.

The incident too place around 1am today near Cottees Bar on Freeman Street.

A 34-year-old man local suffered a cut to the head and was taken to hospital.

A 36-year-old Grimsby man is in custody at the town's police station where he is being questioned by officers.

Inquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident and detectives are keen to hear from any of the people in Freeman Street at the time of the alleged assault who may have witnessed what took place.


Missing Grimsby boy found safe and well

Jack Pargeter

A thirteen-year-old boy who was previously reported missing has been found safe and well. He was last seen at Widnes train station on July 30 but now, Humberside Police has announced that Jack Pargeter was found in Grimsby in the early hours of this morning (Friday 14 August).

They have thanked the public for their help in locating Jack.

Guy Martin's land speed record postponed after Ulster crash

Superbike racer, Guy Martin's attempt at breaking the land speed record has been postponed.

Guy Martin's land speed record attempt has been postponed Credit: @guymartinracing

The Grimsby born racer crashed out of the Ulster Grand Prix last week and his injuries mean the attempt at breaking the record will be delayed until 2016.

We’re obviously concerned with the news that Guy has sustained injuries as a result of his crash in last week’s Dundrod 150 race. While in true form, Guy has signed himself out of hospital this week, we all feel that given his injuries it won’t be possible to complete the required testing prior to attempting to take the record this year. Guy is a unique talent and having such a pilot for our Rocket motorcycle is absolutely central to our attempt. We wish him a full and speedy recovery and will confirm a new date for our 2016 bid as soon as we can.

– Triumph

Government grant helps secure future of Youngs Seafood

North East Lincolnshire Council has secured £1.346 million from a Government programme to help Youngs Seafood invest in their two sites in Grimsby.

Earlier in the summer, Youngs announced that they had lost a major contract and would be looking at their operations across their various sites.

Youngs have been given a boost following a Government grant Credit: Press Association

Following urgent talks which have also involved the area’s two MPs, the council worked with central government to extend their Regional Growth Fund programme to be able to help Youngs. This will give the company the opportunity to further develop their investment plans for the Grimsby sites and bid for this funding.

Up to £1.346m will be now made available to Youngs to help them secure their future in the town. It’s estimated that as a result of this, up to 200 jobs could be created and another 250 jobs safeguarded in Grimsby.

Police searching for missing 13-year-old in Grimsby

Police in Grimsby are searching for a missing 13-year-old boy.

Police think missing Jack Pargeter could be in Grimsby Credit: Humberside Police

Jack Pargeter, who lives in Widnes, was reported missing last Friday and was last seen at Widnes train station at 4:30pm that day.

Jack is originally from Grimsby, and has friends and family in the area, where police believe he is currently.

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