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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.

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£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

Grimsby mariner honoured for charity work

A Grimsby man has been recognised for his dedication and hard work on behalf of the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society, at the Charity's annual awards ceremony in London.

Tony Jewitt, Superintendent of the Grimsby Fishermen's Mission, was presented with the Lord Lewin Award by the Society's Patron, HRH The Princess Royal,

Tony Jewitt, Superintendent of the Grimsby Fishermen's Mission, was presented with the Lord Lewin Award by the Society's Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, at the Charity's AGM and Skill and Gallantry Awards.

Tony Jewitt, Superintendent of the Grimsby Fishermen's Mission, was presented with the Lord Lewin Award by the Society's Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, at the Charity's AGM and Skill and Gallantry Awards. The Lord Lewin Award is presented to the Charity's volunteers who have given exceptional service.

Tony Jewitt has been the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society's Honorary Agent in Grimsby since June 2010. In that time he has submitted 445 applications for assistance and invested considerable time and effort into supporting the applicants and finding those that the Society could help.

Mr Jewitt has provided essential support to the 124 regular beneficiaries in the area who rely on the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society for help.

In the last 12 months the charity received 650 new applications for assistance and helped in over 2,200 cases of need, amounting to an expenditure of £1.4 million.

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New lock gates for Grimsby

Grimsby is now the proud owner of two new lock gates after the 70 tonne barriers were lowered today.

They cost £5m and replace the 162-year-old system which was "hugely inefficient", according to dock owner Associated British Ports.

The lock gates are lowered into Grimsby dock

The gates can be operated during low tide, allowing ships 24-hour access to the port.

ABP said the system would benefit energy companies including Siemens, Dong, E.On and Centrica, which have vessels based at the dock.

Tribute to Grimsby Chums

1200 balloons have been released to remember the 1200 soldiers from Grimsby killed in World War One.

A soldier's name was written on each of the balloons. The commemoration marks the centenary of the start of the conflict and was organised by people living on the Humberston Fitties. Sue Clements spoke to Calendar about the event.

Three arrested after football steward assault

A match steward had to be taken away on a stretcher during last night's Lincoln City vs Grimsby Town game after he was assaulted.

Steward stretchered from game after alleged assault Credit: Press Association

It happened when the Imps scored their third goal during the match at Lincoln's Sincil Bank stadium.

The 41-year-old was knocked to the ground after a chair was thrown. He suffered a head injury but did not require hospital treatment.

Three men from Lincoln were arrested, including 22-year-old man for assaulting a police officer, a 20-year-old for breaching S5 of the Public Oder Act and a 49-year-old for affray. A fourth man, a 26-year-old from Louth was arrested for affray.

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