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Scunthorpe teenager missing for 5 days

Concern is growing for missing Scunthorpe teenager Joshua Mansfield, who has not been since last Thursday.

Joshua has been missing for five days Credit: Humberside Police

The 16-year-old, who has been missing before, is described as white, of slim build, with short, wavy blond hair.

He was last seen wearing a Nike hooded jacket, matching dark blue jogging bottoms and black and white Airmax trainers.

He was riding a pale blue pushbike.


Great Grimsby MP 'glad to hand reins over' to George

George Kavanagh is passionate about his home town Credit: George Kavanagh

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.


Hungry pupils being fed by teachers

More teachers in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire are having to bring food into school to feed pupils in the morning.

It's been revealed that almost half of teachers are providing snacks for children who arrive at class hungry.

The figures were released on the day Hull City Council announced more help for families struggling to pay for school meals. Michael Billington reports from Craven Primary Academy.

Two further arrests following aggravated burglary

Police investigating the aggravated burglary at Elm Grove in Scunthorpe on Tuesday 23 December today arrested two further people in connection with the incident.

At around 5.30pmtoday (Friday 26 December), a warrant was executed under the Theft Act at an address in Brigg and a man and woman were arrested.

The 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and a 27-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. Both are in custody at Scunthorpe Police Station and are assisting police with their enquiries.

Meanwhile, the 36-year-old man who was arrested early on 24 December in connection with the offence has now been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

The elderly couple injured in the aggravated burglary remain in hospital and are both described as being stable.

Council tax contribution for Humberside Fire and Rescue frozen

There will be no increase this year to the amount people are asked to pay in their council tax towards the running costs of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. It is the fourth successive year the tax has been frozen and comes despite a reduction in income from the Government's grant funding.

Humberside Fire Authority made the decision at a meeting which was told how £5m of annual savings have already been put in place with further changes expected to save an extra £2.5m per year. The Government has reduced its contribution to the service by 27% over five years.

Officers have been planning for the current financial situation since 2009 and have implemented efficiency changes early enough to cope with the grant reductions without compulsory redundancies. The Fire Authority's priority would always be to provide an excellent service to the community and ensure the safety of firefighters. We are very proud of the service we provide to our communities and I am pleased that we have been able to do that without increasing the cost to hard-pressed council tax payers again this year.

– Cllr John Briggs, Chairman of the Humberside Fire Authority.

Cancer death rates have dropped in our region

Cancer death rates have dropped in our region by more than a fifth over the last 20 years, experts have revealed today.

The new figures come as a local awareness and fundraising campaign - which includes this TV advert - is set to be launched by Cancer Research UK. Every year, almost 28,000 people are diagnosed with cancer across Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.

Today cancer can be beaten and as these new figures show, mortality rates from this much feared disease are dropping significantly as the fruits of research are producing more effective treatments with fewer side effects.

"But while we're heading in the right direction, too many lives are still being lost to the disease, highlighting how much more work there is to do. Our aim is that one day everyone will beat cancer and the more research we can fund, the sooner that day will come.

– Nicki Embleton, Cancer Research UK
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