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Former Scunthorpe mayor's fraud trial under way

Former mayor Jawaid Ishaq

A former mayor of Scunthorpe who helped to organise the first visit of the Queen to a mosque in Britain has gone on trial for multiple counts of fraud and theft.

Jawaid Ishaq, who's 72, faces 15 charges relating to a Yemeni national he befriended after they had both moved to the UK.

Sheffield Crown Court heard that he had been a Labour councillor in Scunthorpe for more than 30 years, had acted as the deputy chair for Humberside Police Authority and had been awarded an MBE.

Craig Hassall, prosecuting, said the case centred around allegations of fraud and several instances of dishonesty. The trial continues

Man missing in Scunthorpe

Police are appealing for information to help them find a missing man from Scunthorpe who has not been seen since Sunday.

29-year-old Daniel West who is also known as Daniel Barnes of Moorwell Road in Scunthorpe is described as being white with ginger hair and around 5’9” tall.

When last seen he was wearing a grey hooded top, grey jacket, jeans and black trainers.

He has a distinctive neck tattoo of the word Lucky on the left side of his neck.

He is also described as wearing glasses and walking with a slight limp.


Ward reopens at Scunthorpe hospital following virus outbreak

Ward 2 at Scunthorpe hospital has reopened following an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.

Ward 2 reopens at Scunthorpe hospital

The ward was closed to new admissions following an outbreak of norovirus on Friday. Staff worked hard to control the issue and a deep clean has taken place.

The hospital offered this advice for anyone who is affected:

  • Follow good hygiene measures, including thorough hand washing, particularly after visiting the toilet,
  • Where possible, stay away from school or work until 48 hours after symptoms have stopped,
  • Drink plenty of fluids and rest to prevent dehydration,
  • Make sure that any surface contaminated by vomit or faeces is thoroughly disinfected after an episode of illness,
  • If symptoms worsen or persist for more than 48 hours, contact your family doctor or take advice from NHS 111.

Unions ask PM to 'Stand up for Steel'

Union leaders are demonstrating outside a steelworks factory in Scunthorpe as part of the 'Stand up for Steel' campaign.

Steel workers want the government to bring forward the date of compensation and to regulate steel 'dumped' into the UK from Europe as it may not meet national standards.

They'll be sending postcards to the Prime Minister asking for help - he's previously said the government is working as hard as it can to increase steel production in the country.

Scunthorpe hospital ward closed after norovirus breakout

One ward has been closed at Scunthorpe General hospital due to a norovirus breakout.

Scunthorpe General Hospital Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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.

Staff are being advised not to come to work if they have symptoms and to stay off for 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped, as they will be infectious to others during this period.

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

Ward 2 is currently closed to admissions due to an outbreak of Norovirus. Patients from the ward will not be discharged to nursing or residential homes while they remain an infection risk and we have closed the ward to new admissions. The infection prevention and control team is reviewing the situation daily and regular and frequent disinfection is being carried out on the ward to contain the outbreak. This type of illness does come into the hospital from time to time, as in other hospitals across the country, and that is why we have a robust infection control policy in place to deal with such eventualities. This illness lasts about 24 hours and, although unpleasant, very rarely causes serious medical problems.

– Dr Peter Cowling, Trust consultant microbiologist

If you have symptoms of diarrohea and/or vomiting you should follow this advice:

  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
  • Take paracetamol for any fever or aches and painsIf 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.

London traffic sees Sheridan arrive late for NTA Award

Sheridan Smith missed out on picking up her National Television Award for Best Drama Performance tonight when she got stuck in traffic.

Sheridan, from Epworth in North Lincolshire won for her performance as Cilla Black in the ITV drama Cilla, but her fellow cast members had to collect her award for her as she was stuck en route to the venue in a taxi with her Mum.

She finally made it on stage to great cheers from the celebrity audience.


Scunthorpe hospital to invest more than £500,000 on new cardiac equipment

Scunthorpe General Hospital is to invest more than half a million pounds on replacing specialist cardiac equipment.

More than half a million pounds will be invest in new specialist cardia equipment Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The trust said the investment was part of a routine replacement programme in the radiology department and said disruption would be kept to a minimum while the work is being carried out.

Young students key to region's 'green future'

Students interested in careers in the renewable energy sector in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire have been finding out how they can join a new multi million pound college in Scunthorpe.

Many students will be guaranteed apprenticeships and it is hoped they will be key to the growth of the green industry on the banks of the Humber. Helen Steel reports.

Student recruitment for North Lincs " Green College"

Recruitment for students to the North Lincolnshire's first University Technical College, which will specialise in engineering and renewables, takes place this morning at The Stem Centre, North Lindsey College.

The event, between 9.30am and midday is aimed at young people and parents.

There will be a chance to meet specialists in engineering or renewables, plus education experts from SMartWind, BAE Systems, The Institute of Engineering, University of Hull and North Lindsey College as well as take part in activities.

Work is well underway to build the new £9.5m UTC which opens in September 2015 and will offer students a unique opportunity to learn key skills, alongside English, maths and science.

The UTC will provide 600 student places and has already recruited around 60 Year 10 and 60 Year 12 students through online applications and previous recruitment events.

Fifteen students each year will be offered the chance of a lifetime to be taken on as apprentices at the new £5m BAE Systems Training Academy at Humberside Airport and will learn how to service and maintain UK fighter jets and support international export contracts.

Once qualified, they will become part of the BAE Systems team, working alongside the RAF.

The government-funded UTC for 14 to 19 year olds is being built in the heart of Scunthorpe Town Centre.

"Work is well underway on creating the region's first UTC that will provide a unique opportunity for many students wanting a career in engineering or renewables.

"This is a fantastic and exciting opportunity for young people. Not only are we offering places at the College, but many students will be guaranteed an apprenticeship at the UK's leading training centre for BAE systems.

"We are really pleased with recruitment so far but there is a still a long way to go.

The event today will enable potential students to find out more about the UTC and how to apply, plus speak to those involved. This is an opportunity not to be missed."

– Cllr Liz Redfern, North Lincolnshire Council leader

Portuguese nurses start training course at Scunthorpe hospital

Seventeen nurses from Portugal have started a six week training programme at hospitals in Grimsby and Scunthorpe.

Overseas nursing recruits start six week training programme Credit: David Jones/PA Wire/Press Association Image

It is the second time in just over a year local NHS Trust chiefs have been forced to recruit nursing staff from overseas. In December 2013, a group of 20 Spanish nurses were taken on to fill vacancies.

The latest overseas recruits will be based at Scunthorpe, Grimsby's Diana Princess of Wales Hospital.

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