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Siemens reaches first jobs milestone

Job centre staff in Hull say they are confident the city can shake off its image of having one of the worst unemployment rates in the country.

It comes as figures today revealed the Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire region as a whole has the second highest rate of people out of work in the UK. That's despite improving numbers which show there are fewer people out of work than this time three months ago.

Today, the first 14 of the one thousand jobs due to be created at Siemens were advertised as part of its multi million pound investment in Hull. But as Fiona Dwyer reports the people helping job seekers say they don't have to wait for work.

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Renewed appeal to find missing Bridlington man

Police are renewing an appeal to find a father of two from Bridlington who has been missing since Monday 8 December.

Damion Vernon Credit: Humberside Police

32 year-old Damion Vernon was last seen in Wakefield and has not been in touch with friends or family since his disappearance.

Police are keen to find any information about Damion, or anyone who believes they may have seen him on the day he went missing.

Woman pleads guilty to causing death of mother, aged 93

A 64-year-old woman has admitted causing the death of her 93-year-old mother at an address in Sheffield earlier this year.

crime scene Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Susan Potts, of Lodge Close, Uxbridge, Middlesex, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court and pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. She was given an indefinite hospital order.

Emergency services were called to an address in Crimicar Lane, Sheffield, January 22nd, where the body of 93-year-old Gladys Allen was discovered.

A post mortem examination proved inconclusive and further tests were undertaken to determine the cause of death. The court heard how Mrs Allen had a range of injuries, including evidence of head wounds and broken ribs.

Lead officer Detective Inspector Ian Fidler said: “This has been a difficult investigation of the most sensitive nature, because of the familial relationship between the victim and the defendant and a highly emotive case for all involved. Mrs Allen’s death was tragic and unfortunate, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, who have shown tremendous strength throughout our investigation.”

The Potts family issued the following statement:

“As a family, we are mourning the loss of a much-loved mother and grandma. Gladys was a central focus for our family and loved and respected by us all. Susan was always a caring and loving daughter, thoughtful and attentive to her mother’s needs; her only desire was that her mother should live out the rest of her life in happy independence, doing what she had always enjoyed doing.

“The tragedy that occurred in January was because at that time Sue had become severely depressed; it would have been unthinkable in any other circumstances. Although Sue recognises that the tragedy was beyond her control, she is consumed by remorse and guilt. Her mother was central to everything she did and the manner of her passing fills her with regret and sadness. It is the continuing generous support of friends and family which is helping us come to terms with these tragic events and we extend our thanks to them all.

“We are grateful that the justice system has recognised, that, but for her mental state, this tragedy would not have occurred, and that Sue will continue to receive treatment in hospital. The hope for all of us, including Gladys’ friends and neighbours, is that with expert care, Sue will recover and eventually return to her family.”

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Sheffield United to face Southampton

Sheffield United are looking to enhance their reputation as giant killers tonight when they take on Premier League Southampton at Bramall Lane in the quarter final of the Capital One Cup.

The Blades, remember, knocked out two Premier league sides before being beaten by Hull City in the FA Cup semi final at Wembley back in April. And their fans are already dreaming of another trip to the national stadium. David Hirst reports.

Sheffield museum gets improvement grant

Sheffield's Weston Park Museum has been given a grant of £697,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop its facilities.

The grant will support Weston Park Museum: A Bright Future, a £1million plan to transform several of the museum’s public areas. The project will see the creation of inspiring new displays in the museum’s About Art and History Lab galleries, updates to the Sheffield Life & Times and What on Earth display spaces, and improvements to the upstairs picnic space. The re-development will allow Museums Sheffield to change displays more frequently, sharing more of the city’s extensive collections of archaeology, natural sciences, social history and visual art with visitors. Work on the improvements will begin in late 2015 with the last of the new-look galleries being unveiled in October 2016.

The museum has been a huge success, but has the potential to be even better. The redevelopment will enable to us to share even more of the wonderful stories in Sheffield’s collections and provide the best possible experience for our visitors.

– Kim Streets, Chief Executive of Museums Sheffield
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