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Strict security checks at Immingham docks

Foreign lorries going to and from our region's busiest port are facing extra police checks in a week-long operation that's going on right across the country.

Police from the Humberside and South Yorkshire forces are pulling over vehicles near Immingham Docks to look for anything illegal - fining the drivers - and demanding things are put right.

It is an operation that coincides with similar patrols in mainland Europe as James Webster reports:


Undercover police HGV catches over 100 driving offenders

More than 100 drivers have been caught in an undercover operation by Humberside Police in the last week searching for motorists not paying enough attention behind the wheel.

Police are using a special HGV in their operation

Some were spotted making phone calls, texting, not wearing their seatbelts and even one who was reading at the wheel.

All of the offenders were all spotted by officers in an unmarked lorry which helps them specifically target HGV drivers.

We've seen vehicles weaving in the road which gives us a suspicion and each time we've been correct. We've come alongside and the drivers have been distracted in some way.

– PC Barry Gardner

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:

Man missing in Scunthorpe

Police are appealing for information to help them find a missing man from Scunthorpe who has not been seen since Sunday.

29-year-old Daniel West who is also known as Daniel Barnes of Moorwell Road in Scunthorpe is described as being white with ginger hair and around 5’9” tall.

When last seen he was wearing a grey hooded top, grey jacket, jeans and black trainers.

He has a distinctive neck tattoo of the word Lucky on the left side of his neck.

He is also described as wearing glasses and walking with a slight limp.


Scunthorpe hospital ward closed after norovirus breakout

One ward has been closed at Scunthorpe General hospital due to a norovirus breakout.

Scunthorpe General Hospital Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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.

There is no specific cure for the illness, which is usually mild and shouldn't last more than a couple of days.

Ward 2 is currently closed to admissions due to an outbreak of Norovirus. 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. This type of illness does come into the hospital from time to time, as in other hospitals across the country, and that is why we have a robust infection control policy in place to deal with such eventualities. This illness lasts about 24 hours and, although unpleasant, very rarely causes serious medical problems.

– Dr Peter Cowling, Trust consultant microbiologist

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

  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
  • Take paracetamol for any fever or aches and painsIf you feel like eating, eat foods that are easy to digest
  • Stay at home – don't go to see your GP because norovirus 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.
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'Four big parts' of crashed AirAsia plane found on sea bed

More pieces of the crashed AirAsia passenger plane, which plunged into the Java Sea with 162 people on board, have been found by search and rescue teams.

The head of Indonesia's search squad said "four big parts" of Flight QZ8501 had now been located lying on the sea bed, the largest of which is around 18 metres (59ft) long.

Searches are continuing to try to find the plane's black box. Credit: Reuters

However, poor visibility in the water is hampering efforts to get images of the wreckage, with underwater cameras only able to see two metres ahead.

Searches are continuing to try to find the plane's black box.

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Indonesia to investigate AirAsia flight schedules

Indonesia's transport ministry will investigate all Indonesia AirAsia flight schedules from Monday, a government official told Reuters, as part of a government probe into the passenger jet that crashed.

"We are going to investigate all AirAsia flight schedules," Djoko Muratmodjo, acting general director for air navigation in the transport ministry said. "Hopefully we can start on next Monday. We won't focus on licences, just schedules."

"It might be possible to revoke AirAsia's license in Indonesia," Muratmodjo added.

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Poor weather and high seas hamper AirAsia plane search

Poor weather conditions and high seas have made full-scale operations impossible in the search for the wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501.

The pilot of an Indonesian Navy plane looks out the windows during a search. Credit: REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

The weather had improved overnight, enabling search teams to bring the bodies recovered so far back to land, but the conditions did not last.

Singapore Navy ship RSS Persistence joined in the search during the break in bad weather. Credit: REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Air safety officials have said it could take a week to find the black box flight recorders.

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