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Jodie's mother pays tribute to her 'lovely' daughter

The mother of an 11-year-old girl who was hit by a car and killed as she rode home to pick up clothes for a sleepover has paid tribute to her 'lovely' daughter.

Card at the scene of the tragic accident in Grimsby Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Jodie Rogers was airlifted to hospital after the accident at Park Street in Grimsby on Friday but sadly died.

Speaking at the scene of the accident, her mother, Nicola Rogers, described her daughter as being so 'happy'.

She was a lovely girl. She was so happy. She was on her way home to have a makeover done.

She was riding a bike. She had only had it two days. She was absolutely over the moon with that bike. She was very kind-hearted. She should not have gone. She did not deserve this.

I would like to thank everybody for all the kind tributes."

– Nicola Rogers, Jodie's mother

The driver of the car, a 35-year-old Grimsby man, was arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit through drink or drugs and later released on police bail.

Schoolgirl killed as she rode home to get clothes for sleepover

An 11-year-old girl was hit and killed as she rode her new bike home to get clothes for a sleepover.

Flowers at the scene in Grimsby Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Jodie Rogers was riding her bicycle, which she had been given just two days earlier, when she was hit by a BMW yards from her home.

The youngster had been playing with her friend Kitty Callaghan, 12, who had planned a sleepover in celebration of her birthday that day.

The accident happened as the girls made their way to Jodie's house to pick up clothes for the birthday celebrations.

Jodie was airlifted to Grimsby's hospital and later onto Leeds General Infirmary but later died.

Watch: Witness appeal to fatal Grimsby collision


Schoolgirl cyclist dies after Grimsby collision

An 11-year-old schoolgirl has died in hospital after being involved in a collision with a car whilst riding her bike.

Scene of fatal accident at Park Street in Grimsby Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Jodie Rodgers, was airlifted to Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, in Grimsby suffering serious injuries before being transferred to Leeds General Infirmary where she later died.

The accident happened on Park Street at about ten to five last night.

A 35 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.

Girl, 11, airlifted to hospital after Grimsby collision

An 11 year old girl is being treated for life threatening injuries after being airlifted to hospital following a collision in Grimsby.

Park Street, Grimsby Credit: ITV Yorkshire

It happened on Park Street at about ten to five last night. A 35 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen what happened - to get in touch.

Grimsby MP Melanie Onn appointed to shadow cabinet

Grimsby MP Melanie Onn has been promoted to Labour's frontbench after being appointed Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons by new leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Melanie Onn MP Credit: Press Association

The Great Grimsby MP, who was elected in this year's election after Austin Mitchell stepped down will be working with Shadow Leader of the House, Chris Bryant MP.

I’m honoured to be asked to serve on Labour’s frontbench, and I’m delighted to be given the chance to work alongside Chris, who I have huge respect for.

– Melanie Onn MP


300,000 illegal cigarettes seized in Grimsby raid

A massive consignment of illicit cigarettes has been uncovered by Trading Standards during an operation in Grimsby.

Sniffer dog Yo-yo sits atop his find of illegal cigarettes Credit: NE Lincs Council

Trading Standards officers working with specially trained sniffer dogs found an estimated 300,000 illicit cigarettes and 150kg tobacco as they searched six premises, including a flat and a house, in the Freeman Street area of Grimsby.

The huge haul is the largest seizure Trading Standards have made in the borough since they began a crackdown on illicit tobacco sales a year ago. Most of it - more than 250,000 cigarettes and 130kg of tobacco - was discovered in a first floor flat above a shop.

To give an idea of the scale – almost 90,000 cigarettes and 82.5kg of rolling tobacco have been seized by Trading Standards during the past 12 months. Yesterday's find was about three times as much.

The estimated street value of the illicit cigarettes found yesterday is about £80,000 and to buy them legitimately would cost £200,500.

Lincs plane passenger describes violent storm terror landing in Palma

A Lincolnshire woman has spoken of her terror when the plane in which she was travelling landed in Palma, Mallorca during violent storms.

Plane safely lands at Palma airport during violent storms Credit: Magaluf Reunion UK
Violent storms in Palma Credit: Magaluf Reunion UK

Ashleigh Pedersen, a travel agent from Grimsby, was travelling from Gatwick to Palma last week with a group of friends.

It was genuinely the scariest moment of my life. I did cabin crew training so I know how it all works, which made it worse. I felt the plane start to plummet, so looked back at the crew, they looked at each other terrified, and one said 'there's nothing we can do' and threw herself in the closest seat to her. They were preparing for crash landing. It was horrendous."

– Ashleigh Pedersen, travel agent

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:

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