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Northern Powergrid staff to stage strike in pay dispute

Hundreds of office staff at the electrical distribution firm Northern Powergrid have announced they plan to stage a two-day strike starting on Tuesday.

Administrative staff who are members of the union UNISON will walk out after what they claim is months of talks failed to settle their pay claim. Union leaders say customers could face delays contacting the firm during the strike.

Northern Powergrid is responsible for running the power network that delivers electricity to almost 4 million homes and businesses in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire. The company says it has 'robust arrangements' in place to limit the impact of the strike.

Strike action is due to commence just after midnight on the 1st September and end at midnight on the 2nd September 2015.

542 life-threatening incidents - a day-in-the-life Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Yorkshire Ambulance Service have embarked on a 24-hour 'tweetathon' to let people know how they go about their work. Here are a few of today's highlights:

IPCC investigates police actions before fatal collision at Stamford

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is appealing for witnesses following a fatal car collision in Stamford, Lincolnshire.

A 62-year-old man died after the blue Nissan Micra he was driving hit a low wall in Wharf Road, about 100 yards from the town bridge, just before 3am on Saturday, 22 August.

Shortly before the collision police officers had approached the car at a junction in Stamford. The IPCC’s independent investigation is looking at the interaction between police and the man to establish if that had any bearing on the events that followed.

IPCC investigators are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or noticed the Nissan Micra or its driver beforehand. They also want to talk to anyone who saw police contact with the driver between 2am and 3am near the taxi rank in Broad Street or at the junction of St Paul’s Street and Brazenose Lane.

Leeds Rhinos: Giants of the game

Leeds Rhinos stalwarts Kevin Sinfield and Jamie Peacock are both retiring from the game at the end of the season.

They've both won just about every honour in the game. Sinfield has been with Leeds for 18 years, Peacock had a sensational career with the Bradford Bulls before switching to his home-town club nine years ago. Both have captained their country, both have been rewarded with MBEs.

Sinfield will cross codes to play Rugby Union for Yorkshire Carnegie once this season's over; Peacock will move into management - ironically with Hull Kingston Rovers.

Two giants of the game - and I've been talking to both men.


Hull KR: Looking back at 1980

It's thirty-five years since Hull Kingston Rovers won their first and only Challenge Cup final in 1980 and it was a memorable day for the whole city. All Hull was let loose that day when Rovers took on the Airlie Birds - the Robins edging it by 10 points to 5.

We've been talking to some of those who were there that day, including the player who scored 9 of the 10 points for Hull KR and a woman who was 7 months pregnant - and her son, who's now all grown up.

Hull fans get ready for big match

This Saturday will be the first time in nearly thirty years that the Robins have stepped onto Wembley's hallowed turf and supporters are certainly getting behind the club's call for them to show their true colours.

As James Webster reports, fans are wearing those colours with pride. Even a few Hull FC fans are putting their cross city rivalry to one side.

Red Arrows to do 'flypast only' at air show

Credit: Ministry of Defence

Following the Shoreham air crash, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has amended the display permissions for the Dartmouth Royal Regatta so that Lincolnshire's Red Arrows will only be performing flypasts, and not their usual full display.

"It has been assessed that the required changes to display heights and positioning would have reduced the visual quality of the display for the public to an unacceptable level and therefore, with regret, the Red Arrows’ will not be conducting a full display at Dartmouth this year."

– Royal Airforce spokesperson
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