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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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Hull music scene welcomes talk of new venue

Members of Hull's music scene have welcomed the possibility of a new arena in the city.

The Hubbards
The Hubbards

Reuben Driver from local band The Hubbards said: "There's a huge music scene in Hull and it is growing and with things like the Hull City of Culture 2017 it is only going to get better, so something like an arena would be more than appropriate."

Chris Birch, manager of the Hull venue Fruit said: "I don't think people should have to travel out of Hull to see bands. We shouldn't have to go to Leeds, we should have that in our city, it's not even a selfish thing to say, I don't think, that we should have it for ourselves."

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Flood devastation still felt four months on

The residents of a north Lincolnshire village who say they're still no closer to knowing when they can move back into their homes following last December's tidal surge.

Four months ago 120 homes in South Ferriby were devastated after several feet of water swamped the village, wrecking homes and businesses.

Our reporter James Webster has been to speak to some of the residents whose lives remain on hold - including one man who now admits the trauma of what happened was almost too much for him.

Still homeless four months after floods

Residents of South Ferriby say they're still no closer to knowing when they can move back home after December's tidal surge.

Around 120 homes are needing repairs after ending up under several feet of water. Lives for many have had to be put on hold.

One man whose house was badly damaged now admits the immediate aftermath was so hard to deal with he considered ending his life.

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