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Average family loses £700 a year on food wastage

The average UK family loses around £700 every year on food wastage, according to new research.

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The survey conducted by Approved Foods found that 1 in 4 were wasting food that was safe to eat.

It was also found that people were under the impression that food approaching or on its 'best before' date were too risky to eat.

The wastage was largely down to confusion regarding food labelling and what it actually stands for.

Best Before

The 'Best Before' is more about quality rather than safety, if the food passes this date it isn't harmful but may lose its flavour and texture.

Use By

This label would appear on food which would go off quickly, this includes smoked fish, meat products and read-prepared salads. Using food after this date could be a health risk.

Sell By

This would be an instruction for staff at the store rather than shoppers and instructs them when to remove an item from a shelf.

Charities call for more conversations around mental health

Nearly two thirds of people in Yorkshire and Humberside have some form of mental health condition, according to a recent survey.

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Charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness are urging people to talk about their mental health and tackle the stigma associated with it.

Both charities found that 60% of people felt better once they talked to someone about their mental health issues.

Special showing of Happy Valley planned for victims of Calder Valley floods

A special showing of the Bafta award-winning drama Happy Valley will take place in Halifax on Friday night in aid of victims of the recent floods in the Calder Valley.

The showing along with Q & A with writer Sally Wainwright and some of the cast is planned ahead of the first episode of much anticipated new series which will be aired on Tuesday.

Earlier today, Sally and actor George Costigan who plays Nevison Gallagher popped into the Calendar studio for a chat with Christine and Duncan:

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance place order for second new helicopter

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity has announced that it is buying a second, state-of-the-art helicopter.

The current aircraft will be phased out when the new helicopters arrive Credit: Press Association

The rapid response emergency service announced the replacement of their oldest MD902 Explorer aircraft, G-SASH in the summer of 2015, however plans for a second Airbus H145 model to replace the other MD902 Explorer G-CEMS have been brought forward, at a cost of around £5.7 million.

The Airbus H145 will offer the YAA an enhanced helicopter experience, providing the latest in flight technology and efficiency. It is currently used by the police, military and other air rescue services around the world.

The first helicopter is due later in 2016 and the second in Spring 2017. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity is funded by public donations, serving around 5 million people across the region.

Hunt for mugger who stole phone from victim with learning difficulties

Police in Mablethorpe are hunting for a man who attacked and stole the phone of a man with learning difficulties.

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The 35-year-old was waiting for a bus on Seacroft Road when he was approached by a man, who demanded his phone. The offender punched the victim and then stole the phone, a white Nokia Lumia 720, before running off along Seacroft Road towards the High Street.

Police say the only description available of the offender is that it was a white male in a black coat.

Police appeal over attack on Skegness teen

Police in Skegness are asking the public for information about an assault on a teenage girl.

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Detectives say the attack on the 17-year-old was unprovoked and took place in the Brunswick Drive / Vernon Road area of the town on Friday 22nd January.

The victim was walking down the street and was stopped by two males who asked her for cannabis then proceeded to search her pockets, before punching her and running away onto Grosvenor Road, laughing.

The victim was knocked to the ground and suffered a facial injury.

The two suspects are described as being white, 17-19 years old, around 5'7" tall, and of skinny build. One was wearing a black coat with a string pulled hood, grey tracksuit bottoms and red Adidas trainers and the other had a dark coat and black tracksuit bottoms.

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