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Police search for missing pensioner

Have you seen Shirley? Credit: Humberside Police

Police say they are very concerned about a 72-year-old woman who disappeared from her home in Hornsea yesterday afternoon.

Shirley Sowden was last seen in Rolston Road at 4pm yesterday when she left the house telling her son she had an errand to run. She was driving a blue/purple Nissan Micra, registration Y407 JNW.

She is 5ft 6ins tall, medium build, with grey hair and spectacles. When last seen she was wearing a pale green jacket or sweatshirt.

"There is concern for Mrs Sowden as her disappearance and subsequent lack of contact with family or friends is regarded as highly unusual and out of character. She has been ill in recent days and there is a possibility she may have become poorly while out and may now be incapacitated somewhere and in need of assistance. She has also previously suffered from depression for which she has taken medication."

– Humberside Police

Police patrols have been searching the area in and around Hornsea for several hours.

Anyone who knows where she is or who thinks they may have seen her or her vehicle since 4pm yesterday, is asked to contact Humberside Police on telephone 101 immediately referring to log 421 of September 3 2015.


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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