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Giant Screen planned for Open-Air Theatre

Scarborough's Open Air Theatre could get a giant screen thanks to taxpayers' cash. Scarborough Council will spend £170,000 on a big screen and sound system - despite needing to save £2million this year.

But councillors say stars lined up to perform - which include JLS - have requested the facility, and that the money will be recouped by hiring out the equipment.

Police Divers Cut

The number of police divers in Yorkshire could be cut by almost a third. Chief officers from across the region have drafted a report suggesting the number of divers are reduced from 28 to 10 - saving more than £400,000 a year.

The three current search teams would be merged into one, based in the Humberside force area. The report will be presented to Yorkshire's joint police authorities committee tomorrow.


Sentenced: Barman who sold cleaning fluid as Vodka

An experienced bar owner who sold a watered-down cleaning fluid as vodka in an attempt to make a "fast buck" has narrowly avoided jail. Ali Asgari bought 39 bottles of the cheap industrial spirit - labelled Arctic Ice Vodka - which is a form of alcohol can cause blindness and even death.

Asgari, 55, who owned Soul Bar and Oxygen in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, at the time of the offences last July.

He paid 30 pounds for six bottles of the spirit, which contained chloroform and ethanol, when he was running short on vodka.

Asgari, who no longer runs the establishment, was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for 12 months. He was was ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work as part of his suspended sentence order, fined £500 and ordered to pay £1,580 in costs.

You have been in the trade for long enough to know the prices and you must have realised that the vodka you were buying was too cheap.The product you purchased was highly dangerous and luckily it appears nobody has suffered as a consequence of drinking what is in effect cleaning fluid.This was a complete breach of the regulations which are in place to protect consumers and you did it to make a fast buck."

– District Judge John Foster

£50,000 Copper Theft

North Yorkshire Police has launched an investigation after copper wire worth £50,000 was stolen in York. The theft took place at some point between Saturday and Monday at the Hilton

Express construction site on Station Rise.

The thieves also attempted to steal building equipment, copper piping and other metal from the site.

Because of the amount of cabling the thieves stole, I am absolutely positive that someone will have seen suspicious activity in the area.I am urging any scrap metal dealers who may be offered the cablingto contact the police straight away.

– PC Andrew Pearson, of the York Safer Neighbourhood Team

North Yorkshire Police urge anyone with information to contact them or Crimestoppers.

Calls For National Implant Register

The MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber Linda McAvan has called for all breast implant patients to be named on a national register. She said a repeat of the scandal over quality failings inimplants made by French company PIP must be avoided.

She made the comments ahead of a European Commission review of current laws on "medical devices".

It's not just breast implants - there have also been recent problems with hipreplacements, which makes the revision of the legislation all the more urgent.

This kind of register would be very helpful if there is any other problem orfraud. However, market surveillance must be urgently upgraded to avoid any suchcase like the PIP scandal.

– Linda McAvan, MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber

C-Diff Outbreak

Castle Hill Hospital has created a special ward for patients affected by Clostridium difficile. At Hull Royal Infirmary a stroke ward is closed to new admissions after three patients contracted the superbug.

In the last 12 months there have been around 101 cases of C-diff. 7 of those have died.


Councillor on U-turn: 'They know what they are talking about'

East Riding Council have now approved outline planning permission submitted by LB Mablethorpe Ltd and the Lindum group, for a £50million major retail and housing development off Golf Road in Mablethorpe.

Mablethorpe and Sutton Chamber of Commerce are in favour of this because they feel it will bring vitality into the town. The people who are in business in Mablethorpe I give great credence to. They know what they are talking about as they would not put their own businesses at risk.

– Councillor Steve O'Dare, East Riding Council

£50million Development U-Turn

Plans for the new housing and retail development set for Mablethorpe. Credit: LB Mablethorpe Limited

East Riding District Council have now decided to approve plans for the major development just off Golf Road, after they rejected the proposals in December.

The scheme is for 180 new homes, a supermarket, petrol station, family restaurant, and an extra care housing unit.

The U-turn comes after local groups complained about the initial decision, including the Mablethorpe and Sutton Chamber of Commerce.

Jobs 'Carnage'

GMB the union has attacked the jobs "carnage" in the public sector after official figures showed a 381,000 reduction in the number of workers since the general election, with 27,000 positions lost in Yorkshire and Humberside alone.

The Government has been putting people out of work and the private sectorcannot make up for the jobs carnage.

– GMB general secretary Paul Kenny

The GMB said private firms were not able to make up for the losses in public organisations, warning that the cuts were damaging the UK's chances of economic recovery.

Murder Website

Lincolnshire Police have launched a website dedicated to the murder investigation of gardener Alan Wood, 50.

He was tied up and stabbed to death in a vicious attack at his bungalow in a remote part of the county called Lound near Bourne on October the 24th 2009. So far TV appeals.

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