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Two men left unconscious after gang assault

Police are appealing for witnesses after two men were knocked unconscious and assaulted by a gang in Scunthorpe.

It happened in Spencer Avenue in the town around 3.35am on Sunday August 23.

Police said they were called to the area following reports of a group of men and women fighting in the street.

A 34-year-old man from Scunthorpe was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary suffering serious head and face injuries. A 29-year-old was also taken to hospital with facial injuries.

Police said three or four men arrived in a dark coloured car, believed to be a BMW. One man was said to be around 6ft tall, with dark hair , wearing a black tank top. Another had blonde hair and a third had short dark hair.

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Man due in court on death by dangerous driving charge

Family have released this picture of Emily Chambers Credit: Family

Police investigating a fatal road traffic collision on Sandhouse Crescent in Scunthorpe on Saturday 15 August have charged a man.

21 year old James Quibell of St Margaret's Walk, Scunthorpe, is charged with causing death by dangerous driving and committing an act/series of acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice.

He will appear at North Lincolnshire Magistrates Court today.

The 30 year old victim has been named as Emily Chambers from Scunthorpe.

"We would like to thank the many people that have contacted Humberside Police to provide information and also those who stopped to help Emily at the scene. It has given us comfort to know that so many people cared about her."

– Emily's family

Police searching for teens over hay bales set alight

Police in Scunthorpe are searching for a group of children they believe have been setting fire to hay bales outside the town.

Credit: Press Association

On Saturday 8th August and Monday 9th August bales were set on fire in fields near to Winterton Observatory and Roxby Hall Farm.

A group of four girls and boys, thought to be aged 12 to 13 years old, were seen running from the area.

One of the girls had long blonde hair and one of the boys was said to have short brown hair and a blue and white striped T-shirt.

Scunthorpe residents to look out for stolen goods

Nikki Lissoni necklace

The watch, necklace and bangle, pictured below, were among the items stolen during a break-in at a house in Scunthorpe’s Thornton Avenue, between 4pm on Friday, August 7 and 1.30pm on Sunday, August 9.

A white Volkswagen Polo, two orange hi-vis jackets and various electrical items were also taken.

It is thought the thieves forced their way in through a side door, before making an untidy search of all the rooms.

Among the jewellery taken was:

Michael Kors watch
  • A rose gold plated Nikki Lissoni necklace, with a silver coin pendant with Swarovski crystals.
  • Michael Kors rose gold watch with stones around the outside
  • Michael Kors rose gold bangle with stones and padlock.
Michael Kors bangle

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting crime reference 2131070 of August 7.

X-factor star to light up Skegness seafront

It will be a big night on the seafront in Skegness this evening.

Jake Quickenden Credit: ITV Yorkshire

X Factor finalist Jake Quickenden from Scunthorpe will be switching on the town's annual illuminations.

Organisers are hoping for a crowd of 10,000 to watch the event.

Jake's on stage from nine before throwing the switch to light up the resort.

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Tata Steel confirm collapse of Swiss takeover

Tata Steel have confirmed that talks over a potential takeover of the company have ended.

4,000 jobs have been put in jeopardy following the collapse of the takeover Credit: Press Association

The company had been in talks with the Klesch Group, run by American billionaire Gary Klesch since October 2014.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Klesch said he was withdrawing in frustration at the government’s apparent lack of interest in old-economy industries.

The collapse of the deal has thrown the future of 4,000 jobs at the company's Scunthorpe plant into doubt.

The UK steel industry is faced with stiff headwinds in the shape of rising imports, uncompetitive energy prices, a strong pound and the lack of an industrial strategy for the steel sector.

– Karl Koehler, Tata Steel UK

Department for Business says steel industry is 'an important part of the UK economy'

The government has responded to claims made by Gary Klesch, head of the Klesch Group, who said he was pulling out of year-long negotiations to buy Tata Steel because of his frustration with the lack of a clear policy towards old industries.

The Department for Business says it has been 'in close contact' with both Tata Steel and Klesch Group and are 'keen to understand their future plans for the business'.

“The steel industry is an important part of the UK economy. It is facing challenging economic conditions at the moment and we are working closely with the sector.

- We have paid £35 million in compensation to steel companies to help offset electricity costs and are looking at what further help could be provided.

- The European Commission has launched an anti-dumping investigation into imports of Chinese reinforcement steel and has extended anti-dumping duties on wire rod from China for a further five years. The UK voted in favour of that extension.

- We held a roundtable with the steel industry, producers, importers as well as certifiers, regulators and standards bodies on the issue of Chinese imports in June and continue to work with the various parties involved. A number of actions are now being taken forward by the British Standards Institute, industry bodies and Trading Standards.

- To help the industry win orders we identified a pipeline of over 500 infrastructure projects.

- More than £8million of government funding is supporting a new Tata Steel Research and Development Centre.

- To boost skills we are funding postgraduate research students and apprenticeships.

– Department for Business spokesperson
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