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Councillor: Housing investment will create jobs in Hull

Hull City Council is turning several empty buildings into new homes, including a former care home which has been redeveloped into 18 new flats. It's thanks to a successful bid for £5m of empty homes funding from the government.

The authority has also set aside £75m for housing projects over the next few years, which will include building five hundred new council homes.

Councillors say the investment will boost the local economy and demonstrates that they're committed to regenerating parts of the city:


£75 million housing investment for Hull

Hull City Council has announced it will invest £75 million into housing in the city.

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Almost 500 homes will be built, and regeneration work will be carried out across across estates like Orchard Park - where the infamous tower blacks have already been demolished.

650 empty homes are to be brought back into use, along with 1,300 construction jobs created.

Pontefract couple's yacht 'sank in seconds'

Two people rescued from the middle of the Humber Estuary, say their boat sank within seconds after hitting a steel buoy.

The couple who are said to be shocked but unharmed were on a leisure trip when their 26-foot yacht hit the structure in the water.

Humber Rescue say the crash was significant - likening it to a car hitting a lorry on a motorway.

Couple rescued after yacht sinks in Humber

Couple were brought to shore by volunteers.

Volunteers from an East Yorkshire lifeboat station have rescued a couple from Pontefract after their yacht sank this afternoon.

Humber Rescue crew members were called to reports of a vessel which had struck the Whitton Lightfloat in the River Humber. The 26 foot yacht was said to be damaged, sinking with 2 people on board.

Boat took just 'a few seconds' to sink.

A rescue boat was launched and teams were on scene within a couple of minutes only to find the yacht sunk and no sign of the two people.

But the couple were found clinging to the light float, in shock but safe and well. They say their boat sank within seconds.


Olympic champion Luke Campbell takes a break

Luke Campbell

Hull's Olympic champion Luke Campbell has announced he will take a break from competing.

It follows his father's cancer diagnosis.

He said: "Just wanted to share something with you all. Following my father’s cancer diagnosis, I have decided to take a break from competing.

"The last few months have been particularly difficult for my family and I and it’s been hard to focus on my training. Anyone that knows me will tell you how meticulous I am with my preparation going into a fight.

"With this in mind, I feel it's only right to be with my family at this difficult time until I can fully focus on my boxing.

My family and I thank everyone for their support and understanding and I look forward to returning to action in the near future."

New arena a possibility for Hull

The biggest names in music maybe on their way to Hull - thanks to plans to build an 8,000 seater arena.

As excitement builds over the City of Culture 2017 title, the council has confirmed that it's looking into a multi million pound city centre venue, to rival arena's in Leeds and Sheffield.

Victoria Whittam reports:

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