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Man with more than 80 convictions is jailed

A Scunthorpe man with more than 80 previous convictions has been jailed for five years. Bradford Crown Court heard Martin Hand, also known as Martin Lache – had 82 previous convictions dating back to 1995, 43 of which were for acquisitive crimes.

Prolific offender Martin Hand Credit: Humberside Police

Hand, who is 34, and from Connaught Road in Scunthorpe, was found guilty at the court of a burglary at an address in Greenwich Close, Scunthorpe, in the early hours of June 10th.

He was also convicted of being in possession of a bladed weapon, after officers arresting him later that day in Connaught Road, found he was carrying a locking craft knife. Humberside Police say they are 'delighted' at the result.

Hand is a prolific offender whose activities have a significant impact on his victims and the wider Scunthorpe community. We are delighted that he has been given a significant custodial sentence and hope this will make him think twice about this kind of offending in the future.

– DC John Biltcliff

Bespoke jewellery stolen in robbery at Scunthorpe home

A variety of bespoke jewellery was stolen in a break in at a property in Scunthorpe’s Fowler Road.

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Thieves forced their way into the house between 7.30am and 5.20pm on Friday, November 13, before making an untidy search of the property.

As well as stealing three mobile phones, perfume and computer equipment, the thieves escaped with a number of pieces of jewellery.

Police have released images of the item and want anyone with information to come forward.

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Cyclist loses teeth in fail-to-stop accident

Police appealing for witnesses following an accident involving a cyclist in Scunthorpe.

The 45-year-old man lost a number of teeth when he came off his cycle following a collision with a car on Atkinson Way, at the junction of Park Farm Road, at around 6.10 pm on November 10th.

The black car, possibly a Volkswagen Passat failed to stop. Police would like to trace the driver, or any witnesses.

Support from steel workers across the country

People from areas in Yorkshire, Wales, Scotland and Teesside also hit by steel closures joined in today's march in Scunthorpe.

Tata Steel has announced that 900 jobs are likely to go at its plant in the town. A petition has been handed to North Lincolnshire Council asking for a reduction in business rates for the site. The industry blames cheap Chinese imports for a collapse in steel prices. Here's Paul Mc Bean from the Community Union.


Hundreds take part in steel march

Hundreds gather for march

Hundreds of steelworkers are staging a protest march through Scunthorpe. Nine hundred jobs are under threat at the Tata steel plant there and workers, union officials and MP's are walking through the town to the Civic Centre. They will then present a petition signed by 5,000 people calling on the local authority to cut the £15 million fifteen annual rates bill faced by the company.

Save Our Steel

Steelworkers to march on Scunthorpe

Steel workers in Scunthorpe will take to the town's streets to protest at the industry's current plight.

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'Save Our Steel' say they want to highlight the difficulties the steel industry is facing in the weeks after it was announced TATA Steel would be cutting almost 900 jobs at the town's plant.

The company say the cuts had to be made in the face of a flooded market.

Yorkshire campaigners in Brussels ahead of steel crisis meeting

Campaigners from Yorkshire have been in Brussels this afternoon ahead of an emergency meeting to demand action to save the steel industry.

Hundreds of workers in Rotherham and Scunthorpe stand to lose their jobs with cheap Chinese imports and high energy costs blamed for cutbacks.

The Business Secretary Sajid Javidb has been urged to demand tougher action against the Chinese.

The meeting comes amid rumours of interest from China in Sheffield Forgemasters.

Katie Oscroft reports.

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