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Hull Foodbank collection

Hull Foodbank is at the Co-op in Cottingham collecting all kinds of non-perishable food from the public to feed local people in crisis.Supermarket collections are one of the main ways the Foodbank is stocked and with the Foodbank busier than ever Hull Foodbank is asking people to give generously.

Hull's Foodbank aims to help people through short term crisis by providing emergency food parcels. Hull Foodbank centre also provides support and signposting to help combat the long term problem.

Volunteers will be at Co-op in Cottingham from 9am-1pm.

Since opening in November, we have seen over 400 people who need food parcels. This is due to a variety of different reasons; redundancy, large utility bills, bereavement and benefit delays." says Sarah Sidwell, Hull Foodbank manager. "The current economic climate means more and more people are struggling to put food on the table, so we really need local citizens to give what they can to help. This is a great opportunity to help those in need."

– Hull Foodbank

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Cheers for ale festival

Hull Real Ale and Cider Festival

More people than ever attended Hull's Real Ale and Cider Festival last night. Organisers moved the festival to Holy Trinity Church after problems keeping drinks cool in the usual venue at City Hall.

It's a decision which paid off - 750 people went along on the first night and an emergency order of another 15 real ales had to be brought in.

New alcohol control signs go up in Lincoln

Signs are starting to go up around Lincoln to inform residents about the new alcohol control zone which is being enforced. Police now have the power to tell people in a specific part of the city to stop drinking if they are causing, or likely to cause, a nuisance.

Alcohol control signs get put up
City of Lincoln Council's Acting Anti-Social Behaviour Team Leader, Sam Barstow, with PCSO Clare Hart. Credit: City of Lincoln Council

Remploy protest

Workers and union members will be protesting in Sheffield later over the government's decision to close 36 of the 54 Remploy factories which provide work for hundreds of disabled people.

There will be compulsory redundancies for 1,752 people, of these 1,518 are disabled. The remaining 18 Remploy sites are expected to close soon after.

First edition Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harrogate's Save the Children branch has had a surprise find in its donated stock. Volunteer shop leader Margaret Cullen was asked if the shop had any Harry Potter books in the shop.

She went to check and found a copy of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" which turned out to be a first edition signed by J K Rowling.

Save the Children has now had the signature authenticated and the book has been valued at £500. The shop will be holding a silent auction to sell the book in order to raise funds to help children both in this country and abroad.

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Police enforce new street drinking powers

Police in Lincoln are starting to enforce new powers to tackle street drinking. It follows the creation of a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) by the City of Lincoln Council last November. Signs are going up explaining the new rules, which stop short of a total alcohol ban.

The DPPO is one of a number of measures we've put in place to make Lincoln a safe and attractive environment. We work with the police, street pastors and city centre management, as well as bars and clubs, to keep people safe in the city centre, through both enforcement and preventative action, and are positive that this extra tool will help to tackle the specific problem of on-street drinking.

– Sam Barstow, City of Lincoln Council.

Police officers now have the power to ask people to stop drinking alcohol if they are causing, or are likely to cause, a nuisance or annoyance. If that person refuses, an offence has been committed.

This is good news for the people of Lincoln and those who use and visit the city centre. DPPO legislation is another tool which we, the police, can use to reduce the behaviour of those individuals who drink in the street and then choose to behave in an anti-social manner. This is not about stopping sensible and well behaved drinking, but those whose behaviour is not acceptable should at least expect to have their drink taken from them, and to be required to leave the area.

– Mark Garthwaite, Neighbourhood Policing Inspector

The DPPO will be enforced within a boundary set by Newport Arch, St Mark’s Shopping Centre, Broadgate and the Brayford Bridge.

Nagging can be good for you

If you are unfit and over-30, then you can benefit from being nagged by family and friends.

A study claims people who are inactive need regular reminders and pestering by spouses and children.

The media and GPs appear to play a similar role, providing 'alarm bells' to shock those who are unfit about the potential consequences ofa sedentary lifestyle.

The aim of this study was to help people examine their lifestyle as a whole and establish what the key factors are in influencing their activity levels. The good news is that the study suggests once you are active and healthy, you no longer need nagging. Most importantly, however, the suggestion that 'nagging is good' should only be applied to getting healthy and active!

– Richard Keegan, School of Sport, Coaching and Exercise Science at the University of Lincoln
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