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Concern for missing Messingham man

Concern is growing for a Messingham man who has not been seen since Tuesday 1st December.

Michael Byrne, 60, left his home in a dark grey BMW, saying he intended to travel to Haxey.

He was reported missing by his wife at 6.46pm the same day.

Missing Michael Byrne

Subsequent investigations have revealed that his car travelled over the Humber Bridge at around 1.35pm that day.

However, Mr Byrne is still yet to be traced.

He is described as white, 5ft 4in tall, of medium build, balding – with a small amount of grey hair at the back – and clean shaven.

He was wearing a blue striped shirt and blue or black jeans.

Anyone who believes they may have seen Mr Byrne, or his car, is asked to call Humberside Police.

Witnesses sought to identify man who 'jumped from Humber Bridge'

Two cyclists who passed a man on the Humber Bridge who is thought to have then jumped into the river, are being sought.

Officers are investigating after a report was received from the Metropolitan Police Service about a 22-year-old man from London who they believe travelled to Hull by train with the intention of harming himself.

A bag was found on the Humber Bridge on the afternoon of Wednesday November 11 containing belongings thought to be those of the missing London man.

Inquiries with the Humber Bridge have revealed CCTV footage of a man in dark clothing who appears to be carrying a rucksack similar to the one found, walking along the southbound east footway between 4.05pm and 4.10pm.

Later footage shows the figure appear to go over the railings on the bridge and disappear into the water at approximately 5.05pm.

During this time two cyclists are seen to ride past from the direction of Barton towards Hull and it is thought they will both have seen the man prior to him leaving the bridge.

It is believed other pedestrians were also on the Humber Bridge at a similar time and police are keen to speak to them in a bid to confirm the identity of the missing man.

No body has been recovered from the River Humber at this time.

Anyone who recalls seeing the man, described as a 22-year-old Asian with short, dark hair, is urged to call Humberside Police.



Ambitious plans for Humber Bridge tower glass lift

Visitors could soon be able to ride to the top of a Humber Bridge tower in a glass lift.

The Humber Bridge

Ambitious plans to boost tourism to the landmark have been unveiled which also include a new visitor centre being built on the site.

The Humber Bridge Board, who are behind the ambitious project are now looking for a development consultant to put together the planning application and produce a business plan for what is being called the Humber Bridge Experience.

Bridge concessions for cancer patients

The Humber Bridge Board has announced plans to trial concessionary tolls for cancer patients who live South of the Humber Estuary to access medical treatment at the oncology department at Castle Hill Hospital, in East Yorkshire.

The Humber Bridge Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The six-month trial period, which will start on Wednesday 1st October 2014, will allow those who have no choice but to receive treatment on the north bank to be reimbursed for the Humber Bridge tolls. It will apply to those who require more than 12 separate appointments for a course of treatment.

The concessions will be made via pre-paid tickets, which will be given to patients and can be exchanged for future use of the Humber Bridge.

These will be held by the reception staff at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trusts, specifically for this trial at the oncology department in Castle Hill Hospital. They will be provided on the basis of two tickets per patient on each occasion that the patient attends for treatment.

For some time, the Board has considered introducing a concession for cancer patients, so it's great news that the trial has finally been agreed by all Directors and will commence shortly. It's something that is certainly needed and has finally been made possible by the New Humber Bridge Act which allows the Board to take this decision.

"The trial will enable us to test the management of this concession to see how feasible it is in the long-term. It will also be interesting to gather feedback from cancer patients who will benefit from this toll exemption about the positive impact it has. The scheme will be reviewed at the end of the six-month period, to see if any modifications are required."

– Cllr Chris Shaw, Humber Bridge Board chairman

This is a fantastic gesture from the Humber Bridge Board and something that we are sure our patients will welcome. Patients travel from south of the river for very complex and lengthy treatments in the Queen's Centre at castle Hill Hospital, so knowing the cost of their bridge tolls is covered will give them one less thing to worry about, and will serve as a great boost.

"We'd like to thank the Humber Bridge Board for their desire to make this happen. Some of our patients have been calling for exemption from bridge tolls for many years now, including the late Jenny Walton, who was a very strong and passionate campaigner. I'm sure many people will be delighted by this latest news."

– Dr Raj Roy, Clinical Director for the Specialist Services Division and Consultant Clinical Oncologist for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals

Anti-fracking campaigners advertise their protest on Humber Bridge

Anti fracking campaigners have unfurled a banner on the Humber Bridge today as the government launched a new bidding round for licences.

'No Fracking' banner at Humber Bridge

The message "No Fracking" was visible from the A63, and from the river and was organised by the Frack Free East Yorkshire Coalition. They are protesting at Rathlin Energy who they claim are carrying out fracking in the region - a claim denied by the company who say they have not applied for a new licence nor have they any intention of doing so.

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