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Siemens reaches first jobs milestone

Job centre staff in Hull say they are confident the city can shake off its image of having one of the worst unemployment rates in the country.

It comes as figures today revealed the Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire region as a whole has the second highest rate of people out of work in the UK. That's despite improving numbers which show there are fewer people out of work than this time three months ago.

Today, the first 14 of the one thousand jobs due to be created at Siemens were advertised as part of its multi million pound investment in Hull. But as Fiona Dwyer reports the people helping job seekers say they don't have to wait for work.

Renewed appeal to find missing Bridlington man

Police are renewing an appeal to find a father of two from Bridlington who has been missing since Monday 8 December.

Damion Vernon Credit: Humberside Police

32 year-old Damion Vernon was last seen in Wakefield and has not been in touch with friends or family since his disappearance.

Police are keen to find any information about Damion, or anyone who believes they may have seen him on the day he went missing.

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Rescue centre's warning after seal pup delivered to them in a taxi

Staff at a seal rescue centre have issued an urgent appeal after a healthy seal pup was delivered to their door in a taxi.

The seal before it was returned to the beach Credit: Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary

The anonymous beachcomber who delivered the grey seal pup wrapped in a coat could inadvertently have separated it from its mother, Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary has warned.

“She also risked a nasty bite and possible infection,” said the Sanctuary’s displays supervisor Lyndsey Crawford.

I was a bit stunned to be summoned to the car park to retrieve this pup from the back of a cab, and in my eagerness to get it wrapped in towels and safely indoors I didn’t have time to take any details of the lady’s name or number,” said Lyndsey.

She was clearly an animal lover and had the best of intentions, but we soon realised the pup was fit and healthy.”

Pups will quite often haul out on the shore while their mums are searching for food, but they are rarely left on their own for more than an hour or so.

– Lyndsey Crawford

Lyndsey and a colleague immediately raced the pup back to the local beach where it was found, and are confident they were quick enough to ensure it was safely reunited with its mother.

The incident prompted them to issue an appeal for anyone who sees a lone pup on the shore to watch from a distance and to call either the Sanctuary or the RSPCA if they become concerned.

A1 closed in both directions after cattle trailer overturns

The A1 is currently closed in both directions near Scotch Corner after a Land Rover towing a cattle trailer overturned on the northbound carriageway at around 1pm.

The driver of the Land Rover was uninjured in the incident.

Vehicle recovery services are at the scene of the incident to remove the Land Rover and the trailer from the carriageway.

A vet is also at the scene to check if any cattle which were travelling in the trailer have been injured.

Fresh appeal after man admitted to hospital after being stabbed in the back

Police in Northallerton are appealing for information after a 34-year-old man was admitted to hospital with stab wounds to his back.

Police were called to the Friarage Hospital at 9.50am on Wednesday 17 December 2014 after the man was admitted for treatment.

Police are appealing to anyone who can provide any information about how the man sustained his injuries. In particular anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the Crosby Road area of Northallerton, to contact them.

Officers believe that this incident is a targeted and isolated one and that the wider community were not at risk.

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700,000 strong digital radio audience opened up in North Yorkshire

Today marked the switch-on of four new transmitters in North Yorkshire, opening up a digital audience of potentially 700,000 radio listeners.

Christine & Harry at the switch-on Credit: Radio Today

ITV Calendar's Christine Talbot, along with BBC Look North's Harry Gration pressed the button for the official switch-on to activate the transmitters in Bilsdale, Acklam Wold, Olivers Mount and Harrogate covering over 80% of the local population.

Shoppers asked for ambulance experiences

The union UNITE will be asking people about their experiences of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service today. They will be in Harrogate, Bradford and Sheffield where they plan to decorate Christmas trees with messages of support for their campaign to defend patient safety.

Asking for ambulance experiences Credit: PA

Unite says its already gathered 1,500 messages of support for its campaign. It is calling on MPs to to investigate claims that patients lives are being put at risk due to plans plans to cut services and use unqualified staff on emergency call-outs.

Dr David Macklin, Executive Director of Operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust said:

“Patients’ needs are at the heart of everything we do and our absolute focus is to ensure that we continue to deliver a safe, responsive and high quality service to our patients. We refute the misleading claims Unite the Union have made around patient safety, the role of Emergency Care Assistants, and the Trust’s longer-term plans."

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