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Hull MP to visit Humber Rescue

Diana Johnson
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."

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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
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.

Read more about the Regional Growth Fund and hear Nick Clegg speaking about it

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
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
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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Police warning after pensioner scammed by bogus work man

Police are warning residents to be vigilant after an elderly man with severe mobility difficulties was scammed by a bogus work man.

Police warning after elderly man scammed
Police warning after elderly man scammed Credit: Humberside Police

Last Thursday, a man knocked on the door of an 80-year-old man in Anlaby pretending to be ‘a roofer from the council’.

The ‘roofer’ alleged he had spotted some loose tiles on the gent’s roof and would happily fix them for £150.

The elderly man who has severe mobility difficulties did ask for some identification, but the ‘roofer’ avoided showing him any and instead asked or a hot drink to be made instead.

Whilst the elderly man put the kettle on, the ‘roofer’ took his time to walk around the property.

At some point during the ‘roofers’ visit a money jar which had been in the lounge was opened and large handfuls of change stolen.

The ‘roofer’ made his excuses and claimed he would return shortly with some tiles, but never did.

The elderly man has been left traumatised by this incident and despite living on his own has chosen to lock himself in his bedroom for several days, until his friend managed to convince him to leave his bedroom and call the police almost a week after the incident.

Teen suffers serious head injuries in collision

A teenager is in hospital with serious head injuries after a collision in East Yorkshire.

The 15-year-old girl from Scawby Brook was on West Street, not far from Scawby Primary School when the crash happened on Monday afternoon.

She suffered a serious head injury and was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary where she has been kept in Intensive Care and is said to be seriously ill.

The driver of the car, a 43-year-old woman from Hibaldstow, was not injured.

The road around the collision site was closed to allow investigators to make inquiries and enable recovery of the vehicle but reopened later on Monday evening.

Hull MP leads delegation over Insolvency Office closure

Diana Johnson MP is to lead a delegation of MPs and the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership to discuss the proposed closure of Hull’s Insolvency Office with a Government Minister.

Diana Johnson MP
Diana Johnson MP

The Hull North Labour MP recently gained agreement for the meeting from Jenny Willott MP, the Lib Dem Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Along with Hull’s MPs, the delegation will also be joined by Lord Haskins, Chair of Humber LEP.

The closure of Hull Official Receiver's Office was announced in March, after only three weeks of ‘consultation’. This office has approximately 45 staff and is worth over £1m per year to Hull’s local economy. The office is due to close in October, with its work being transferred to Leeds.

Staff at the Hull office have over 600 years of collective insolvency experience. Last year this saved the economy over £2.5m, as they achieved the disqualification of 27 directors.

As well as questions about whether this closure will actually result in savings for tax-payers, after redundancy, recruitment, training and other costs have been factored in, concerns have also been expressed that it will increase the problem of ‘bankruptcy tourism’.

Diana Johnson MP said: “At a time when we’ve worked so hard locally to bring investment and jobs into Hull, it’s extremely unhelpful to our efforts for another £1m to be taken out of our local economy.

“It appears that closing Hull’s Insolvency Office will not save money for tax-payers, at the same time as being another unhelpful blow from Whitehall to our efforts to regenerate Hull.”

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