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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.

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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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Two more arrested after Scunthorpe burglary

Police have arrested two more people after an elderly couple were seriously injured in an attack during a break-in at Scunthorpe.

The 90-year-old husband suffered throat injuries while his wife, in her 80s, had head injuries when they were assaulted in their home.

Humberside Police said a man and a woman were arrested in Brigg, North Lincolnshire.

The man, aged 22, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary while the 27-year-old woman was held on suspicion of assisting an offender.

A 36-year-old man arrested on Christmas Eve has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

The elderly couple injured in the aggravated burglary remain in hospital and are both described as being stable.

– Humberside Police

Police were alerted after members of the public reported seeing a man running from the pensioners' home and officers found the couple seriously injured.

A man was seen driving away in a white van following the attack.

Family of man missing on AirAsia plane 'prepare for worst'

The family of a British man on board the missing AirAsia flight have said they are "preparing for the worst".

Chi-Man Choi was on board the aeroplane with his daughter

Chi-Man Choi, who was born in Hull and lived in Singapore, was on board the aeroplane with his two year old daughter.

His wife and son had taken a different flight.

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Family 'preparing for worst' as search continues for missing AirAsia flight

Briton Chi Man Choi Credit: LinkedIn

The brother of a British man on board the missing AirAsia flight has reportedly said his family is "preparing for the worst".

Chi Man Choi, who is believed to live in Singapore with his family, took a different flight to his wife due to work commitments.

His brother Chi Choi, who lives in Cheshire, told the Daily Mirror: "I believe the reason they didn't fly out together was because of his work schedule. "His wife and son flew first. I spoke to his wife and she fears the worst".

AirAsia released a statement which said it is providing whatever support it can to all those affected.

"AirAsia Indonesia's primary focus remains on the families and Sunu Widyatmoko, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Indonesia is currently stationed at the family centre in Surabaya, it said.

"We have been keeping the families updated on the search and rescue efforts as well as provide emotional support. Another group of AirAsia officials are providing the same to the families based in Singapore."

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