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Grimsby MP demands Young’s Seafood taskforce

The MP for Great Grimsby Melanie Onn has called on the government to establish a taskforce to secure the future of Young’s Seafood in Grimsby and safeguard the hundreds of jobs currently at risk.

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She told the Commons that Grimsby already has the 17th highest unemployment rate in the country.

Up to 330 jobs are currently at risk after Young's lost out on a processing contract with Sainsbury's.

When I meet with the Prime Minister I will be requesting that the Government set up a taskforce to secure the future of the Young’s site in Grimsby. Representatives from the Government, North East Lincolnshire Council, Young’s Seafood and trade unions should be working together and doing all they can to support the company and its workforce.

– Melanie Onn

Freight train derailed in Lincolnshire

Services have been suspended on East Midlands Trains between Lincoln Central and Grimsby Town due to a derailed freight train between Lincoln Central and Market Rasen.

Trains are not currently running between Lincoln Central and Grimsby Town and disruption is expected for the remainder of today.

Road transport will replace trains.

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Jobs put at risk after Young's Seafood loses processing contract

There has been devastating news for Grimsby's economy after the town's biggest employer lost a multi-million pound contract with a supermarket giant.

Young's Seafood made the announcement today.

The union at the factory says up to 330 jobs could be threatened, describing it as "extremely serious and worrying".

The company will not yet confirm the numbers.

The town's MP has told Calendar the losses would change the face of manufacturing in the town.

Fiona Dwyer has been in Grimsby for us this afternoon:

Young's employee: 'The jobs aren't there anymore'

A woman who works at one of the sites run by Young's Seafood in Grimsby says she is not surprised by news of potential job losses at the seafood supplier.

Marjorie Whale, who has been at Young's for 43 years, does not work at the Marsden Road side which is likely to be affected.

However she has told ITV Calendar that she feels sorry for her colleagues:

'Up to 330 jobs' could go at Young's Seafood in Grimsby

Up to 330 jobs could be at risk at Young's Seafood in Grimsby after the business lost a vital fish processing contract with Sainsbury's.

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The union, Unite, which has put forward the job losses figure, has described the development as 'extremely serious and very worrying.'

The jobs that could go are based at the Marsden Road site – two-thirds of the workforce of 300 staff and 200 agency workers.

Young’s Seafood has three plants in Grimsby employing a total of 2,000 workers.

This is extremely serious and very worrying news for the workforce at Marsden Road and also for the local economy.

At present, we are not sure how many jobs will be lost. The company is looking to obtain new contracts to fill the void left by the loss of the contract to prepare, smoke, freeze and deliver salmon to Sainsbury's.

We will be working closely with management in the days and weeks to come to mitigate any job losses. At present, we can’t put a figure on the number of job losses, if any. The worst case scenario would be in the region of 330 jobs lost.

– Unite regional officer Dave Monaghan

In a statement, Pete Ward, CEO of Young’s Seafood confirmed that Young’s had failed to retain the fresh salmon and smoked salmon processing contracts with Sainsbury’s, but did not comment on how many jobs are at risk.

The contract is reportedly worth in the region of £100 million.

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Humber lifeboat launched to ferry fire

The Humber lifeboat was called to the scene of a fire onboard a ferry in the shipping channel off Grimsby.

It happened around 9.26pm yesterday Friday June 19, when the engine room on a large transporter caught fire. 180 people were on board the ferry at the time.

Two tug boats from Immingham were also sent to the scene while the coastguard liased with the vessel on developments. The fire was extinguished and nobody needed medical attention.

Thankfully on this occasion we did not need to directly assist, however it is very important in these situations that our RNLI crews are on hand should the occasion arise, Our RNLI crews are trained not only in search and rescue but also in casualty care and among the other services on scene we were prepared should the situation get any worse."

– Martyn Hagan, Coxswain Humber RNLI lifeboat

Police believe missing Grimsby teen may be in Gainsborough

Police in Lincolnshire are searching for a teenage girl who has been missing since Saturday evening.

Police think Molly Hawkins may be in Gainsborough Credit: Humberside Police

18-year-old Molly Hawkins was last seen as she left her father's house in Grimsby. Molly is described as 5ft 6ins tall, with red straight shoulder length hair and wears glasses.

Molly was last seen at 9pm on Sunday evening wearing a pair of black Adidas tracksuit bottoms, black shoes and a blue coloured tracksuit top and had her hair tied up in a bun.

It is thought Molly may be in the Gainsborough area of Lincolnshire.

Controversy continues over proposed demolition of East Marsh flats

Two-thirds of the people living in six tower blocks in Grimsby that are due to be demolished have now moved out. It's just over a year since Shoreline Housing announced plans to empty the buildings in the East Marsh area. However, there is still some opposition to the proposed demolition with a new petition starting calling for the towers to be saved as Adam Fowler reports.

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