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A15 opens after blaze at energy plant

The A15 has now reopened after the fire at Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant Credit: Twin Focus Photography

The A15 at Silk Willoughby near Sleaford has re-opened to traffic following a huge fire last Sunday.

The road was re-opened just after 7pm last night.

Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant remained fully operational after the fire, which destroyed 12,000 straw bales.


Behind the scenes: Calendar pokes around a 'smart' motorway

The Highways Agency gave ITV Calendar a rare behind-the-scenes look into what goes behind building a smart motorway.

The Highways Agency is upgrading the M1 in West Yorkshire to a smart motorway Credit: ITV Calendar

Ongoing roadworks on the M1 in West Yorkshire have raised many an eyebrow, not least because there seem to be hardly any workers around.

Though it may not look like much, ground enforcing measures such as rock bolts and soil nails are being installed to strengthen the new embankments and enable the old hard shoulder to be used as a running lane in the future.

All this is being done out-of-site.

Doing the work off-site means that the 40 million cars, trucks and lorries use this stretch of motorway every year can carry on doing so whilst the work continues.

Chris Kiddey has this report.

Poppy appeal launches nationally in memory of nation's heroes

The Poppy Appeal launches nationally today.

ITV talked to Robert Tyler, from Sheffield, who served in Bosnia in the 1990s.

While on patrol he killed a Bosnian soldier who had opened fire on his group.

The incident left him scarred and on leaving the forces he turned to alcohol to cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. His marriage broke down but the Royal British Legion stepped in to help him get his life back on track.

19,000 children to benefit from government scheme

Almost 19,000 of the most disadvantaged three and four year-olds in Yorkshire and Humber will benefit from Early Years pupil premium initiative, the Department for Education announced today.

The Early Years Pupil Premium is worth up to £300 per head for children from low-income families. Credit: Press Association

The Early Years Pupil Premium is worth up to £300 per head for children from low-income families.

The initiative is designed to help children from falling behind before they have even started school.

Yorkshire and Humber will receive a hefty £5.4 million slice of the full the Early Years’ Pupil Premium worth a total of £50 million.

70 newly qualified nurses start work at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

70 newly qualified nurses have started work at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust. The nurses have recently graduated from Lincoln, Nottingham, De Montfort, Sheffield Hallam, Hull and Leeds universities.

I have been delighted to meet the newly qualified nurses as they start their careers with us here at ULHT. We are committed to supporting and developing these new nurses as they are a key part of our journey out of special measures. I have already seen examples of excellent compassion in care by the new nurses and we will continue to support all our nursing staff to ensure we deliver care of the highest quality to our patients.

– Pauleen Pratt, Acting Chief Nurse


MP shares condolences for fatal fire victims

Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge has extended her sympathies for the father and son who were killed in a fatal fire.

I was saddened to hear the terrible news that a young boy and a 44-year old man have died in a house fire in Penistone last night. Penistone is a close-knit community and everyone living in the town will be deeply shocked and upset by this tragedy. I would like to extend my sympathies to the family and my thoughts are with them as they support the young 11-year old fighting for his life in hospital.

– Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge

14 face IPCC referral over Rotherham

The former Police and Crime commissioner for South Yorkshire, could face criminal charges as part of a two pronged investigation into the failings during the Rotherham child abuse scandal.

Shaun Wright, who was in charge of children's services for the council for five of the crucial years outlined in the Jay report, is likely to be investigated for possible misconduct in public office, according to South Yorkshire's chief constable David Crompton.

He has written to the Home Affairs Select committee outlining his plans for further inquiries. The force has this afternoon confirmed that 14 of it's staff have now been referred to the police watchdog, the IPCC, for their conduct in Rotherham.

South Yorkshire Police has now referred 14 people to the IPCC and may make further referrals should the criteria be met. Both South Yorkshire Police and the independent investigation will remain in constant dialogue with the IPCC.

– Joanne Wright, Senior Media Relations Officer
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