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Hull Foodbank collection

Hull Foodbank is at the Co-op in Cottingham collecting all kinds of non-perishable food from the public to feed local people in crisis.Supermarket collections are one of the main ways the Foodbank is stocked and with the Foodbank busier than ever Hull Foodbank is asking people to give generously.

Hull's Foodbank aims to help people through short term crisis by providing emergency food parcels. Hull Foodbank centre also provides support and signposting to help combat the long term problem.

Volunteers will be at Co-op in Cottingham from 9am-1pm.

Since opening in November, we have seen over 400 people who need food parcels. This is due to a variety of different reasons; redundancy, large utility bills, bereavement and benefit delays." says Sarah Sidwell, Hull Foodbank manager. "The current economic climate means more and more people are struggling to put food on the table, so we really need local citizens to give what they can to help. This is a great opportunity to help those in need."

– Hull Foodbank


Cheers for ale festival

Hull Real Ale and Cider Festival

More people than ever attended Hull's Real Ale and Cider Festival last night. Organisers moved the festival to Holy Trinity Church after problems keeping drinks cool in the usual venue at City Hall.

It's a decision which paid off - 750 people went along on the first night and an emergency order of another 15 real ales had to be brought in.

First edition Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harrogate's Save the Children branch has had a surprise find in its donated stock. Volunteer shop leader Margaret Cullen was asked if the shop had any Harry Potter books in the shop.

She went to check and found a copy of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" which turned out to be a first edition signed by J K Rowling.

Save the Children has now had the signature authenticated and the book has been valued at £500. The shop will be holding a silent auction to sell the book in order to raise funds to help children both in this country and abroad.

Nagging can be good for you

If you are unfit and over-30, then you can benefit from being nagged by family and friends.

A study claims people who are inactive need regular reminders and pestering by spouses and children.

The media and GPs appear to play a similar role, providing 'alarm bells' to shock those who are unfit about the potential consequences ofa sedentary lifestyle.

The aim of this study was to help people examine their lifestyle as a whole and establish what the key factors are in influencing their activity levels. The good news is that the study suggests once you are active and healthy, you no longer need nagging. Most importantly, however, the suggestion that 'nagging is good' should only be applied to getting healthy and active!

– Richard Keegan, School of Sport, Coaching and Exercise Science at the University of Lincoln

Robbery in York

A cash delivery driver has been robbed in York. He was attacked by men wearing balacalvas who took a cash box before leaving in a car. He's now being treated in hospital for a head injury.

Clearly we need to identify who was responsible for this incident as soon as possible. There will have been numerous people on Front Street at the time of the robbery and I urge anyone who witnessed the incident or knows who the suspects are to contact the police or Crimestoppers as soon as they can.

– Detective Sergeant Mandy Grundy, York CID


CCTV after "assault"

Police want to speak to this man Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Police are looking to speak to a man and woman after an alleged assault in Doncaster.

A 35 year old man suffered a fractured hip when the alleged attack took place outside the Urban Bar on Cleveland Street.

Urban Bar have said: "We fully cooperate withthe police an do not condone violent behaviour on our premises".

Officers want to speak to this woman Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Residents fight housing development

People in the East Yorkshire village of Market Weighton say they'll fight plans for a housing development and a medical centre.

Proposals have been put forward to build the centre and 49 homes near a cul-de-sac on Northgate Vale.

But people who live there are concerned about the impact of traffic. They say their cul-de-sac would, in effect, become an access road and they claim up to two hundred cars an hour would use it. They say the road was never designed for heavy traffic.

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