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Second day of firefighter walk-outs

Firefighters from across the region have just walked out as part of their second day of industrial action.

The short two-hour walkouts, for eight consecutive days, begun yesterday. They follow last week's mass industrial demonstration.

It's the most sustained period of action since the dispute over pensions - between the Fire Brigdades Union and the Government - began.

Evening walk-outs will also take place between 5pm and 7pm, with Friday and Saturday's set for 11pm-1am.

Headteachers reject police chief's holidays request

Headteachers have rejected a controversial request from Humberside 's Chief Constable Justine Curran to allow her officers' children to have term-time holidays.

Justine Curran Credit: Press Association

Ms Curran made the request because many are unable to take time off with their families during school holidays because of work commitments.

But the National Association of Headteachers rejected the proposal saying if they make an exceptional case for one profession, it opens the floodgates for others.

Read: Police officers' children requested to be allowed term-time absences

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Hull MP to visit Humber Rescue

Diana Johnson Credit: Press Association

A Hull MP is to visit the Humber Rescue volunteers to experience first hand the work that goes in to keeping the service running.

Diana Johnson will visit the station today to see some of the rescue workers who were integral to East Yorkshire's effort to deal with flooding in December.

Rescue teams will explain the difficulties they come up against on the job and in raising funds for the charity.

Dave Roberts, Chairman, Trustee & Coxswain says; "It is a great honour for an MP to come

to see us and meet our volunteers, it will be interesting to talk about funding as it costs at

least £60k per year to run Humber Rescue of which every penny has to be raised by the

teams here."

Next round of applications open for government investment scheme

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced the opening of the sixth round of applications for the Regional Growth Fund scheme.

Nick Clegg opens next round of Regional Growth Fund Credit: Press Association

More than £280 million has been made available to boost industry in Yorkshire and Humberside and from today, businesses seeking more than £1 million of funding can apply for investment.

Yorkshire and Humber above average sick rates

Yorkshire and Humber has higher rates of sickness compared with rest of UK Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Yorkshire and Humber has above national average sickness rates. Nationally 4.9 days a year are lost from work due to sickness but in our region the figure rises to 5.1.

But overall levels of absence across the country have reached a record low of 2.1 per cent which in Yorkshire and Humber is slightly higher at 2.2 per cent.

Yacht stuck in Humber finally free

A yacht which was stuck in a mudbank on the Humber has been freed.

Rescuers try to save the stranded yacht Credit: Humber Rescue

It was initially feared that it could be there for up to a month but teams from Humber Rescue managed to released it from a mudbank after just ten days.

The yacht's owner was escorted into Brough Haven by members of the local yacht club.

Finally free after ten days in a mud bank Credit: Humber Rescue

The rescue was not all plain sailing as the stricken yacht's anchor got wrapped around the rescue boat's propellor.

Dave Roberts, Chairman, Trustee and Coxswain at Humber Rescue said:

"This was a great opportunity to get the yacht off the mudbank and back to where it belongs and everyone involved did a fantastic job especially when it came to releasing the anchor chain from our propellers."

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