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Outbreak shuts Scunthorpe hospital ward

A ward has been closed at Scunthorpe General hospital due to an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting.

Credit: Press Association

Ward 24 has been closed to new admissions and patients receiving treatment will not be discharged to nursing or residential homes while they remain an infection risk.

Visitors who have been suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting are urged not to come to the hospital until they have been symptom free for 48 hours.

There's no specific cure for the illness, which is usually mild and shouldn't last more than a couple of days.

The hospital has issued the following guidance for people who have symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting:

  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
  • Take paracetamol for any fever or aches and pains
  • If you feel like eating, eat foods that are easy to digest
  • Stay at home – don't go to see your GP because norovirus is contagious and there's nothing your GP can do while you have it
  • Contact your GP to seek advice if your symptoms last longer than a few days or if you already have a serious illness

Tata workers set for strike ballot

Thousands more workers at steel giant Tata are to be balloted for industrial action in a row over pensions.

Tata has a plant in Scunthorpe Credit: Press Association

Unite said its 6,000 members at the company will vote in the coming weeks on whether to launch a campaign of action, with the result due on June 5.

Members of Community and the GMB are already voting on strikes, with the result set to be announced next week.

Tata Steel UK has a plant in Scunthorpe.

Unite national officer for steel Paul Reuter said: "Following five months of intensive negotiations where the trade unions offered savings to the company of £850 million, Tata Steel UK has decided that it is ideologically wrong for employees, who have worked hard in an extremely strenuous and physically demanding environment, to be able to retire with the pensions that they were originally promised.

"Tata Steel UK is consulting our members on its proposal to close the pension scheme and to financially penalise workers and their families in retirement. Our members have made it clear that the proposed changes are totally unacceptable.

"Unless Tata Steel UK enters into further meaningful negotiations that would preserve the pension scheme, then the first national industrial action in the industry for 30 years would seem inevitable."

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Police appeal for missing Scunthorpe teenager

Police are appealing for the public’s help in locating a missing 14-year-old girl from Scunthorpe.

Shannon Brazier Credit: Humberside Police

Shannon Brazier was reported missing to police on Saturday 16 May 2015.

She was last known to be in Grimsby in the Scartho Road area at around 6:45pm on Saturday 16 May 2015 and as she has not been seen since.

Shannon is a white girl who is approximately 5ft 7ins tall with very long dark brown hair which is sometimes worn plaited.

She has a tongue piercing and when last seen was wearing a black t shirt and a grey sweatshirt.

Shannon went missing from Grimsby and is known to travel between Grimsby and Scunthorpe.

Man jailed for 10 years for robbing 90-year-old war veteran and wife at gunpoint

A man has been jailed for over 10 years after robbing and brutally attacking a 90-year-old war veteran and his wife at gunpoint.

Eric Davey didn't know if his 86-year-old wife Joyce was dead or alive when he made the call to the police to say what had happened.

They were attacked just before Christmas by Harley Newland who conned his way into their Scunthorpe home.

Today he was jailed for ten years. Michael Billington's report does contain some of Eric's 999 call that you may find distressing:

CPS: Newland is a 'despicable coward' motivated by 'greed'

An odd job man who robbed and attacked an elderly couple in their own home in Scunthorpe has been described as a 'despicable coward' who was motivated by greed.

Harley Newland

Following the jailing of Harley Newland for 10 years and 8 months the Crown Prosecution Service issued this statement:

I have rarely dealt with a case of such shocking callouness and brutatily.

An elderly, defenceless couple were violently beaten and robbed at gunpoint in their own home.

Newland was already familiar to the couple as an odd job man; so that when he arrived at their house with a cheery wave and bearing a Christmas gift bag, they had no concerns about inviting him in for a chat and a cup of tea.

What happened next was horrific. Without warning, Newland brutally assaulted first the 90-year-old pensioner and then his wife. He stole £6,000 from them, before making off, after having spent nearly three hours in their home.

He left both with appalling injuries and it is only by great good fortune that the attack was not fatal. The psychological trauma they have experienced will take a long while to heal.

They have demonstrated, in their brave determination to put this incident behind them, a spirit and courage which is quite remarkable. They are so much stronger than the despicable coward who, motivated solely by greed, abused their trust, and robbed and attacked them. "

– Jeremy Evans, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside

Man jailed for vicious attack on elderly couple

A man has been sentenced to ten years and 8 months in prison after an elderly couple were attacked and seriously injured during a break-in at their home in Scunthorpe.

Harley Newland from Brigg Credit: Lincolnshire Police

The 90-year-old husband suffered throat injuries while his wife, in her 80s, received head injuries.

Harley Newland who is 22 and from Brigg appeared at Grimsby Crown Court today.

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Boy seriously injured after being hit by car in Scunthorpe

An eight-year-old boy has been seriously injured after being hit by a car in Scunthorpe.

It happened on Alexandra Road in Scunthorpe on Saturday May 16, invoving a dark grey Peugeot 107 car.

The boy was taken to Leeds General Infirmary suffering a serious head injury and broken bones. His condition is described as serious but stable.

The driver of the vehicle , a 42-year-old woman, was uninjured.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Hundreds compete in disability games

The Rotary District Disability Games are being held today in Scunthorpe with over 450 competitors taking part.

Competitors have travelled from across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to take part. Events include Boccia, wheelchair races, table tennis, shooting and swimming. The Rotary Disability Games is organised by Rotary District 1270 club to give adults with a disability the opportunity to take part in competitive sporting activities.

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