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Austin Mitchell compares MPs to third division footballers

The retiring Great Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell has compared MPs to third division footballers as he prepares to vacate the seat he has held for almost 40 years.

Mr Mitchell, who is known for his off the cuff and outspoken views, has spoken out before the general election in May when he retires.

He told Calendar how the world of politics has changed since he was first elected 39-years-ago.


Ward closed in Grimsby hospital due to sickness outbreak

One ward has been closed at Grimsby’s Diana Princess of Wales Hospital due to an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting.

Credit: Press Association

Ward B6 is currently closed to admissions due to an outbreak or diarrhoea and vomiting.

Patients from the ward will not be discharged to nursing or residential homes while they remain an infection risk and we have closed the ward to new admissions.

The infection prevention and control team is reviewing the situation daily and regular and frequent disinfection is being carried out on the ward to contain the outbreak.

– Dr Peter Cowling

Visitors who have been suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting are urged not to come to the hospital until they have been symptom free for 48 hours.

Staff are being advised not to come to work if they have symptoms and to stay off for 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped, as they will be infectious to others during this period.

If you have symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting you should follow this advice:

  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
  • Take paracetamol for any fever or aches and pains
  • If you feel like eating, eat foods that are easy to digest
  • Stay at home – don't go to see your GP because diarrhoea and vomiting is contagious and there's nothing your GP can do while you have it
  • Contact your GP to seek advice if your symptoms last longer than a few days or if you already have a serious illness.

Community groups celebrate saving Grimsby's Central Hall

Community groups are celebrating after a victory in their campaign to save Central Hall in Grimsby.

North East Lincolnshire Council had planned to sell off this car park on Garibaldi Street for housing.

But many who attended groups there believed the development would lead to the closure of the venue.

Howard Mills from Central Hall told ITV Calendar the hall's future was in serious doubt:

Police investigate assault on boy in Grimsby

Police in Grimsby are investigating an assault on a 12-year-old school boy who was making his way home from school.

The incident happened around on Millfield Avenue, Scartho as the boy cycled home.

The boy has told police that he was approached by two unknown teenage boys who began spitting at him.

When he questioned them as to why they were doing that, the boys became abusive towards him prompting the schoolboy to cycle off around the corner being pursued by the aggressors.

On catching up with the boy he claims to have been pulled from his cycle and assaulted by the two who then ran off.


Helicopter search and rescue launched at Humberside Airport

The country's controversial privatised search and rescue helicopter service has been launched today at Humberside Airport.

Two helicopters will be based at Kirmington, one of ten locations around the UK.

The deal, with the Bristow Group ends 70 years of search and rescue from the RAF and the Royal Navy.

The company will operate the service on behalf of the Coastguard. Critics have expressed concerns that lives could be endangered, claims rejected today:

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