The Great Grimsby MP Melanie Onn says she would be happy to give George Kavanagh her seat in Parliament.
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If you were watching ITV Calendar this evening, you may have seen our report on the launch of the Grimsby & Cleethorpes Monopoly Board and in particular, ten-year-old George who says those who have their doubts about his home town of Grimsby 'need to be slapped in the face with a wet fish'.
What we did not have time to mention is that George is also an ambassador for St Andrew's Hospice in Grimsby - which also features on the board. Sadly, George lost his father to cancer and George is deeply grateful to the hospice for its help in his final days.
George Kavanagh thinks his home town is absolutely sensational and people who think otherwise "need a slap round the face with a wet fish."Read the full story ›
North East Lincolnshire will fly the Red Ensign at Grimsby Town Hall and the Remembrance Gate at Cleethorpes today to raise awareness of the UK's ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers.
Flags will be raised by the Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Cliff Barber at Grimsby Town Hall at 10.00am and at the Remembrance Gate at Cleethorpes at 12.30pm.
North East Lincolnshire Council is supporting a nationwide call from the Seafarers UK charity and the Merchant Navy Association for the UK Merchant Navy's official flag to be flown on public buildings and landmark flagstaffs.
"The Merchant Navy has played a significant part in the culture of this country and it's great that we have national recognition for our seafarers.
"North East Lincolnshire has a proud history of working with the Merchant Navy, and it's important to remember those who served in the service.
"They deserve prime place alongside the other forces who courageously gave their efforts and lives in the wars."
Three women who came to the aid of a 15-year-old girl who was allegedly assaulted on three occasions by a trio of girls in Scunthorpe have been urged to come forward.
The first attack is said to have happened at Saturday when the victim was in Sheffield Park with friends.
She was approached by three suspects, who were known to her, who pulled her to the floor before kicking, punching and biting her.
An unknown woman came to her aid and she got away from the group and left the park.
The gang caught up with the victim near the shop on Ferry Road, where they are said to have resumed their attack.
On this occasion, an elderly woman is said to have intervened and the victim again managed to leave the area.
As she approached Fedora’s Club, Ferry Road, she is said to have been attacked by the suspects for the third time.
A lady called Samavia then came to her aid and the victim managed to get home.
As a result of the attacks, the victim suffered painful lumps, bruising and bite marks.
Luckily incidents of this nature are rare. However, this was a nasty and prolonged attack on a young victim and we are doing everything we can to bring those responsible to justice. We take incidents of this nature very seriously and we would urge any witnesses – particularly the three women who came to the aid of the victim – to come forward.
Foreign lorries going to and from our region's busiest port are facing extra police checks in a week-long operation that's going on right across the country.
Police from the Humberside and South Yorkshire forces are pulling over vehicles near Immingham Docks to look for anything illegal - fining the drivers - and demanding things are put right.
It is an operation that coincides with similar patrols in mainland Europe as James Webster reports:
North East Lincolnshire council is to launch controlled drinking zones to help tackle anti-social behaviour.
It means police can ask people to hand over alcohol if they are caught drinking in restricted areas.
Failure to do so could result in a £100 fine.
A gang based in north-East Lincolnshire who made more than £10 million selling fake Viagra through a bogus mail order business have been sentenced.
Judge Charles Wide QC described it as a "highly organised, large-scale criminal enterprise" which risked the health of members of the public, as he sentenced the gang at the Old Bailey.
He said the "the real mischief is the catastrophic damage that could be caused" to the public. Drug companies had pointed out that acid, brick dust and road paint had been found in fake Viagra.
The gang amassed more than £10 million in more than 100 bank accounts in the UK and abroad.
The gang also had a base in Sussex.
Four of those who received sentences today were based in north-East Lincolnshire.
- Catherine Laverick, 47, from Ulceby, north Lincolnshire, was one of those sentenced. She was in day-to-day control of the operation in north Lincolnshire, and received £175,000 -£266,000. She was sentenced to three years and 10 months for money laundering, two and a half years on another count of money laundering and 15 months for conspiracy to supply.
- Sarah Laverick, 26, of Ulceby, was sentenced to 16 months for money laundering and four months for fraud. Her sentence was suspended but she was ordered to do 200 hours of supervised unpaid work.
- Hugh Adair, 37, of Ulceby, was sentenced to 12 months for conspiracy and four months for fraud. Both sentences were suspended but he was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work.
- Donna Denton, 40, of Cleethorpes - who set up card facilities said to be for the sale of jewellery but they were actually to enable payment from customers for the unlicensed medicines - received a suspended 18-month sentence and was ordered to abide by a tagged curfew.
Police in Grimsby are investigating an assault on a 12-year-old school boy who was making his way home from school.
The incident happened around on Millfield Avenue, Scartho as the boy cycled home.
The boy has told police that he was approached by two unknown teenage boys who began spitting at him.
When he questioned them as to why they were doing that, the boys became abusive towards him prompting the schoolboy to cycle off around the corner being pursued by the aggressors.
On catching up with the boy he claims to have been pulled from his cycle and assaulted by the two who then ran off.
The leader of North East Lincolnshire Council will step down in May. Chris Shaw has written to his colleagues to say his intention was always to get control of the authority back for Labour and then serve a full four-year term as leader. He will remain as a councillor until his seat is due for re-election in 2016.
North East Lincolnshire Council and partners are supporting Dry January, the month long national ‘no alcohol’ challenge from Alcohol Concern and Public Health England, and encouraging local residents who would like to take part to take a month out from alcohol and enjoy the benefits of having a break from drinking.
The national campaign aims to show that ‘taking a break from alcohol’ after the Christmas period is a beneficial thing for your wallet, waistline and general health.
Dry January is not about never drinking again, it’s just an opportunity for people to reflect on their drinking patterns and to give their body a break from alcohol after the festive period.
An independent study showed that 72% of participants in Dry January last year had maintained moderate levels of drinking six months after completing the month and also experienced the following benefits:
• 79% of participants saved money
• 62% of participants had better sleep and more energy
• 49% of participants lost weight
“Nationally, over 17,000 people took part in Dry January in 2014 and many reported that taking a month-long break from alcohol acted as a reset button concerning their alcohol use for months afterwards, not only helping people to drink less per drinking day but also to drink less frequently.
"We know from previous years that people who do Dry January will feel better, lose weight and save money. To sign up for Dry January and register for tips and tools to make the most of the month, people should visit www.dryjanuary.org.uk.”
“January is the perfect time to sign up to a holiday from alcohol.
"It’s an opportunity for people to reflect on their drinking patterns and to give their body a break from alcohol after the festive period.
"We are supporting Dry January and many other local organisations, including pharmacies, Freshney Place, Shoreline, Lincs Inspire and some town centre pubs are getting involved too. Look out for the posters around the town. I will definitely be taking part.”