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Give your body a holiday for booze and sign up for ' Dry January"

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”

– Cllr Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for health and chair of the health and wellbeing board

“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.”

– Joanne Hewson, deputy chief executive, communities


Mel B wins TV personality award

X Factor judge Mel B has scooped an award for her starring role in the TV singing contest.

Mel B on the X Factor Credit: ITV

The Leeds-born former Spice Girl was named top TV personality at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards, held at London's One Mayfair tonight, which recognised her popularity on the ITV show's judging panel.

Chart-topping former X Factor contestant Ella Henderson, who is from Tetney , near Grimsby, got the Ultimate UK Music Artist.

Ella Henderson

"It means a lot. Everything has been so crazy and busy lately so to be back in the UK and get dressed up for the night, it's great.

"It's all about women and glamour, and to receive something for my music, I feel very proud tonight."

– Ella Henderson

Humberston Fitties sale imminent

The Full Council has agreed to go ahead with the recommendation to negotiate the sale of Humberston Fitties holiday park, bringing the site one step closer to being sold.

Humberston Fitties Credit: Calendar

A final decision on the sale and negotiation of will be made at the Full Council's next meeting.

The move by North East Lincolnshire council has been seen as an attempt to raise cash against its assets.

The council currently owns and manages the holiday chalet park.

£1.7 million "brought in" by Peaks Parkway speed cameras

It has been revealed that up to 70 drivers every day were caught speeding on Peaks Parkway in Grimsby in the first three months after a 30mph limit was introduced.

Fines handed out to drivers are thought to have made up to £1.7 million pounds in just 12 months. The limit is due to be raised to 40mph.

“The decision by full council to put up the speed limit to 40mph came after more than 2,000 people signed a petition calling for the increase.

“A working group was set up in response and the matter thoroughly investigated after years of debate.

“We believe increasing the speed limit not only addresses the needs of the local community, but also the needs of business and visitors to Grimsby and other parts of the borough.”

– Cllr Chris Shaw, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council

Safer Roads Humber says the increase is concerning and that speed restrictions do go some way to preventing more serious accidents:

“I am naturally concerned that increasing this speed limit to 40mph will give drivers less time to react to unexpected events and if a crash does occur the increased speed will result in more serious injury.

"Whilst exceeding the speed limit is not the major cause of collisions it is almost the sole determinant of the likelihood and severity of injury. I do acknowledge that North East Lincolnshire Council has responsibility for this road and they can raise the speed limit. Ultimately it is their decision to make.

"I am pleased that it is intended to enhance signage and improve road markings. I hope that drivers will continue to drive carefully along this road with extra special care at the major junctions.”

– Mick Harris, Safer Roads Humber


Appeal for missing Scunthorpe woman

Police are appealing to the public for help in locating missing Scunthorpe woman Hayley Marsden who has not been seen since Sunday 31 August .

Hayley Marsden has not been seen since Sunday Credit: Humberside Police

Hayley, 41, of Bluebell Close, Scunthorpe was last seen at around 4.30pm on Sunday when she is reported to have left The Tavern public house, Hiigh Street, Scunthorpe. Hayley is described as white, 5 ft 6 ins tall and of medium build with shoulder length blond hair.

When last seen she was wearing purple and red patterned trousers with a denim jacket and black Thoms shoes.

Police and family are becoming increasingly concerned for Haylley’s welfare as her disappearance is out of character and she has not been in touch with family members.

Enquiries to date have suggested that Hayley may have got into a taxi, reported as being a silver coloured Toyota Avensis, close to where she was last seen. Police are keen to trace the dirver of that vehicle as they may have information which could assist with enquiries.

Legionnaires' disease: street in Grimsby connects cases

Health officials in North East Lincolnshire are continuing to investigate four confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the Grimsby area.

It has been discovered those who contracted it had been around Freeman Street before being diagnosed.

“No further cases have been reported and no source of the infection has been confirmed to date. However, our investigations have shown that all four cases had been in the area around Freeman Street in Grimsby in the period before they became ill.

"Therefore we are working closely with colleagues at North East Lincolnshire Council, the Health and Safety Executive and the NHS in North East Lincolnshire to focus our investigations on this area at the moment.”

– Dr Simon Padfield, Public Health England in Humberside

Legionnaires in Grimsby: Health Officials search for source

Two people, infected with Legionnaires disease are still in hospital tonight after four cases were confirmed in Grimsby. No common links have been identified and the source of the infection isn't know. The two other patients are recovering, but no longer need hospital treatment. GPs have been contacted to be on the look out for the symptoms.

Doctor Simon Padfield is a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for the area, and spoke to Calendar earlier.

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