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"Lively demonstrations" promised in the run up to Christmas

Union members have held a protest outside Hull Paragon Railway Station over the new franchise for Northern & Trans-Pennine rail routes.

Protestors voice their concern over changes to Northern & Trans-Pennine rail routes Credit: Jess Hurd / RMT

Members gathered between 9.30am and 11.30am to gather support for their campaign. They say plans will lead to worse services and higher fares. They also fear there could be job cuts, including the loss of train conductors.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service under strain after calls break all records

Yorkshire Ambulance Service have warned people to take precautions as the icy grip of winter takes it toll.

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service was under huge strain last night

The number of emergency calls made over the past 24 hours was the highest in the trust's history.

The calls are categorised - with 'red' being the most serious. The service say they have never before had as many of that type of call.

On average, a normal Friday at this time of year sees around 1,700 999 calls, yesterday, the service took 2,300 calls, an increase of around 35%.

A spokesman said as well as road traffic accidents, the majority of the calls were caused by the cold weather, with many people having breathing difficulties and cardiac arrests.

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Only call an 999 if it's life-threatening

Yorkshire Ambulance Service are urging members of the public to only call 999 if it's a life-threatening situation.

"The service has received hundreds of 999 calls this week for seasonal-related illnesses and incidents and we are treating a lot of patients with breathing difficulties as a result of cold and viruses.

"As we approach a busy weekend of pre-Christmas celebrations and office parties we expect there to be a significant influx of calls to alcohol-related incidents.

"These calls are in addition to other medical emergencies such as injuries from road traffic collisions, heart attacks and strokes.

"Whilst many people do use our emergency service appropriately, some callers could be helped by other more appropriate healthcare services."

"We would ask people who are out and about to be conscious of how much they are drinking, eat beforehand and make sure they plan ahead for transport home.

"We would like to thank members of the public for their support during this challenging period and recognise the efforts of our staff who are working extremely hard to provide services for our patients.

– Dr David Macklin, Interim Executive Director of Operations at the Trust

Find out how to attend Mrs Christmas' lunch

The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on with less than two weeks to go until the big day. For some people, though, loneliness means the festive season is a tough time of the year. But one woman in South Yorkshire has made it her mission to make sure that everyone has someone to celebrate with as Emily Kerr reports

Mrs Christmas still has places left for this year's lunch which is taking place in Sheffield on Wednesday 17th December. If you would like to attend, or you know of someone who would like to go, please send an email with your contact details to calendar@itv.com and we will pass them on to Mrs Christmas.

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Passengers warned to expect more flight delays today

Air traffic control company NATS warned passenger that it will take some time for flight scheduling to fully recover despite their computer systems having been restored.

Following a technical failure at Swanwick, the system has been restored.

However, it will take time for operations across the UK to recover so passengers should contact their airline for the status of their flight.

We apologise for any delays and the inconvenience this may have caused.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

– NATS

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Yorkshire Ambulance Service feel the strain of Christmas illnesses

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is urging people across the region to only call 999 for an ambulance in a medical emergency when it is obvious that someone has a serious or life-threatening illness or injury, due to a high volume of calls being made to the service.

Dr David Macklin, Interim Executive Director of Operations at the Trust, said:

The service has received hundreds of 999 calls this week for seasonal-related illnesses and incidents and we are treating a lot of patients with breathing difficulties as a result of cold and viruses.

As we approach a busy weekend of pre-Christmas celebrations and office parties we expect there to be a significant influx of calls to alcohol-related incidents.

These calls are in addition to other medical emergencies such as injuries from road traffic collisions, heart attacks and strokes.

Whilst many people do use our emergency service appropriately, some callers could be helped by other more appropriate healthcare services.”

We would ask people who are out and about to be conscious of how much they are drinking, eat beforehand and make sure they plan ahead for transport home.

We would like to thank members of the public for their support during this challenging period and recognise the efforts of our staff who are working extremely hard to provide services for our patients.

– Dr David Macklin, Interim Executive Director of Operations

Flight restrictions lifted at Leeds Bradford Airport

The airport say they have managed to avoid any cancellations and are working to clear the backlog in flight times.

Passengers are advised to contact their airlines for information about delays.

Leeds Bradford Airport: Outbound flights suspended

Tony Hallwood, Aviation Development & Marketing Director at Leeds Bradford International Airport confirmed that all flights out of the airport are currently suspended.

However, all flights on approach to the airport have landed and says their focus now is on getting the situation resolved as quickly as possible, based on guidance from Nats.

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