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‘Zombie knife’ found by ten-year-old on his way to school in Scunthorpe

A ten-year-old boy who discovered a zombie knife while walking to school in Scunthorpe knew exactly what to do after a lesson about the dangers of such weapons. Kade Hearne, a pupil at Oasis Academy Parkwood, Scunthorpe, spotted the weapon behind an electric box in his street. He stopped his twin sister from touching it in case she hurt herself or interfered with any fingerprints and, recalling the awareness session at his school earlier in the year, Kade rang both of his parents, who in turn called the police, sending photos of it from his phone as he did not want to leave it unguarded until officers arrived. Author and educator Christina Gabbitas, an honorary member of the NSPCC Council, was invited by Oasis Academy Parkwood in January to speak to students in year 5 and 6 about grooming and the serious consequences of carrying knives, using her book, No More Knives or County Lines. Following the session, the school decided to purchase copies of the story to help reinforce the impact of her message. READ MORE: Kade said: “As soon as I saw the knife, I remembered what Christina had showed and discussed with us in the lesson.” After the visit, Cynthia Marie Hearne, mum of Kade, reached out to Christina to express her gratitude. She said that thanks to Christina’s educational visit, Kade remembered the important lessons discussed during the session. In a message posted on social media, Cynthia thanked Christina for her work at Oasis Academy Parkwood and mentioned how Kade, encountering the zombie knife, remembered the dangers of knives and acted responsibly. The zombie knife Kade Hearne found in Scunthorpe on his way to school (Image: christinagabbitas.com) Humberside Police commended Kade for his actions. As a result, Kade is now a finalist for the BBC Radio Humberside Make a Difference Bravery Award. Cynthia said: “I wanted to reach out to Christina to let her know that her work is invaluable, and I’m pleased that my wannabe policeman son is making the right choices with the education he had been provided. We are beyond proud but it takes a village.” Cynthia emphasized the significance of Christina’s work in a community where child exploitation is a real concern; she expressed her pride in Kade and highlighted the importance of a collective effort in guiding and supporting children to make positive decisions. Christina said: “It’s very rewarding to learn that my writing is having a positive impact. I’m a big believer in the power of storytelling for delivering important and educational messages. Author and educator Christina Gabbitas with pupils of Oasis Academy Parkwood, Scunthorpe (Image: christinagabbitas.com) “More emphasis on early intervention education is needed and I hope that the new Government don’t overlook this. Prevention is key.” Christina was first commissioned in 2019 by Humberside PCC and has visited hundreds of schools in the Humber and North Yorkshire regions with her story No More Knives or County Lines. North Yorkshire PCC commissioned to Christina to write a sequel story, Trapped in County Lines, that sees the characters caught up once again and groomed into county lines. There is a fatality from a stabbing and a child goes missing in the sequel aimed at secondary-age children. Christina, who is continuing her efforts working with various police forces, was invited to speak at the British Association of Women in Policing in 2023 to talk about her successful early intervention work with forces. Join the FREE Grimsby Live WhatsApp Community Get all the latest stories, sent straight to your WhatsApp – all you need to do is click the link. We also treat our community members to special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners. If you don’t like our community, you can check out any time you like. If you’re curious, you can read our Privacy Notice. Original artice: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/all-about/scunthorpe

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Young woman’s fight to raise £50,000 for life-saving surgery after being diagnosed with rare heart condition

A young woman from North Lincolnshire who was told to “live every day like it’s her last” after being diagnosed with a rare heart condition has found a surgeon to perform crucial surgery on her which could prolong her life for 20 years – but needs to raise £50,000 as soon as possible in order to have the operation. Megan Hetherington, 27, who lives in the Isle of Axholme, was diagnosed with life-threatening blood-clotting condition, called antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), in late 2020. In the space of just two months, she suffered three strokes and a heart attack. An ultrasound scan at Scunthorpe General Hospital, carried out after she had the heart attack, showed a huge mass on her heart measuring four by four inches. READ MORE: Four weeks later, Megan underwent open heart surgery in Cambridge to remove the growth. Subsequent tests revealed that the mass was in fact a 15-year-old calcified blood clot that had grown over time. Speaking to Scunthorpe Live back in December, Megan said: “During the operation, doctors saw there was a hole in my heart which would’ve caused the strokes. They noticed the mass was also pressing on my heart valve and that I had a leaking valve, as well as a mass on my pulmonary artery, so they had to get that out as well. It was a four-in-one surgery.” Megan and her husband on their wedding day (Image: Megan Hetherington) Nine months later, Megan had to have a second round of open heart surgery because a repair to her heart valve had failed. Then, in April last year, she was diagnosed with the very rare condition tricuspid stenosis, which occurs when the tricuspid valve to the heart narrows. Megan was told by doctors that they would not operate on her valve because of how rare the condition is, and the risk of her dying on the operating table would be “far too high”. She was told to “live every day like it’s her last”. “It will kill me, it’s just when. There isn’t another case like mine,” Megan said. “Other valves within the heart can also experience stenosis (narrowing) and if left untreated the average survival rate is less than two years. I’ve been told to enjoy every day like it’s my last by my consultants.” But earlier this year, Megan was put in touch with a surgeon at Harefield Hospital in London who agreed to perform an operation known as a tricuspid valve replacement, which would replace her narrow tricuspid valve with a cow’s or pig’s valve. Megan previously underwent two open heart surgeries (Image: Megan Hetherington) However, earlier this week, Megan received the tragic news that she would have to wait between 12 and 18 months to have the operation. She said: “It came back that the waiting list is too long, there’s a lot of people on his list and it would be between 12 and 18 months. It’s too long and the risk is quite high.” But if Megan had the operation as a private patient, the cost would be around £50,000 and could be performed as early as this month or next month if she manages to raise the funds. In a matter of just a few days, more than 500 people have donated £6,000 to Megan’s Gofundme fundraiser – meaning £44,000 is still needed to enable Megan to have the crucial operation. “My mental health has deteriorated. I don’t know how long exactly I have left and I don’t like the not knowing. I have so many questions, and there’s still so much I want to do with my life,” she said. You can donate to Megan’s fundraiser by clicking here. Original artice: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/all-about/scunthorpe

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Tribute to ‘traditional and loving’ William McNamara known as ‘Grandad Chocolate’

A loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather nicknamed “Grandad Chocolate” for his habit of handing out sweets to his youngest family members has sadly passed away. William ‘Bill’ McNamara died at the age of 97, just three weeks shy of his 98th birthday on July 10. As a young man, Bill lost his right leg in an accident at Scunthorpe Steelworks which meant he was disabled for more than 70 years of his life but he got around with an artificial limb and walking stick. Describing her father as “loving, helpful and traditional”, Lynn Walker said he would “do anything to help anybody”. She said her father was “extremely determined” and didn’t let his missing limb stop him from dancing with his wife of 65 years, Jean, who passed away six years ago. READ MORE: Bill was originally from Oldham but moved to Scunthorpe to marry Jean in 1953. Because they reached their diamond wedding anniversary, the couple received a card from the late Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate their long marriage. His grandson Simon Taylor also remembered Bill as a strong-willed man who had carried on as normal after his life-changing injuries. Simon said: “He’d still go swimming and still do everything as if he had both legs.” William ‘Bill’ McNamara and his wife Jean celebrating their wedding anniversary with a card from the Queen The funeral service for Bill will be extra poignant because is being led by Simon who has broken his ankle and will be using his grandfather’s mobility scooter and walking stick. Simon is a fully qualified with the National Association of Funeral Directors and recently bought Ashby Funeral Care with his mum Lynn and step-dad Chris. It will be their first funeral and Bill will make his final journey on a motorbike and sidecar hearse. Simon added: “He was a traditional figure of the community. All the kids up the street would see how he is and the neighbours would go and say hello. Even at the age of 90, he’d go up and down the street in his mobility scooter with the kids playing with him. William ‘Bill’ McNamara and Jean McNamara on their wedding day in 1953 Lynn added: “He loved children and children loved him. To my grandchildren, he was known as “Grandad Chocolate’ and to the kids up the road because he always had chocolate for them when they went.” William leaves behind his three children Lynn, Neil and Paul, grandchildren Thomas, Simon, Zoe, and Rory, and great-grandchildren Maddie and Mia. His funeral will be held at Woodlands Crematorium in Scunthorpe on Friday, July 12 at 12pm. Original artice: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/all-about/scunthorpe

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Scunthorpe General Hospital’s trauma unit to go to Grimsby, as revised proposals approved by NHS board

Scunthorpe trauma unit patients, some overnight emergency surgeries and patients with certain conditions needing a 72 hour+ stay in hospital will now be handled at Grimsby and elsewhere. The NHS Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) has approved revised proposals from its Humber Acute Services review to pool service elements from Scunthorpe General Hospital to Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby. After thousands of responses during a previous 14-week consultation and united local political opposition in North Lincolnshire, some proposed changes got scrapped. This included a proposal to move from Scunthorpe care for children needing an overnight stay in hospital to Grimsby. This has been binned. Despite the changes, North Lincolnshire Council leader Cllr Rob Waltham said the proposals going ahead represent “a serious downgrade” of Scunthorpe‘s hospital. Read More: He said the council and residents have “been ignored”. He has demanded an urgent meeting with the local NHS. The ICB say that the approved changes will affect seven patients a day. Extrapolated, this works out to around 2,500 patients a year. The local NHS says the proposed changes will help deliver “seven-day consultant-led care” across specialist services, improve the quality of care patients receive and reduce length of hospital stays. It will also make it easier to recruit and retain expert clinical staff, it is contended. “By and large, the biggest concern people had was around transport and affordability,” Linsay Cunningham of NHS Humber Health Partnership told the ICB about the public consultation. The consultation took place from Autumn 2023 to early 2024. The revised proposals are expected to require a patient a day transfer by ambulance between the two hospital sites, assessed as not expected to have “any significant impact on the performance of emergency ambulance provision”, a document states. Around 22 extra visitor journeys per day from the North Lincolnshire area are expected as a result of the change, with four per day reliant on friends, families, community or public transport to get Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby. Clinical scheduling reviews by the NHS Humber Health Partnership, and a review of the reimbursement travel scheme to make it easier for those eligible by the ICB, are intended to be completed in coming months. Broader work will be taken with local authorities on public transport, too. Scunthorpe General Hospital – Humber Acute Services ICB agreed changes, July 2024 Revised proposals to pooling of service elements from Scunthorpe General Hospital to Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby, have been agreed by NHS Humber and North Yorkshire ICB. The changes approved are: Trauma unit to be at Grimsby only Emergency surgeries are no longer planned to be consolidated at Grimsby only – ophthalmology will be at Hull Royal Infirmary, urology at Scunthorpe General, as is already the case, gynaecology at both Scunthorpe and Grimsby, while trauma and orthopaedics, acute general surgery, and ear, nose throat (ENT) emergency surgeries would be consolidated at Grimsby Adult patients with heart, lung or stomach problems who may need a more than 72 hours stay in hospital will be seen to at Grimsby only Children needing an overnight stay will remain at both Scunthorpe and Grimsby hospitals. However, there will be “work towards a reduction through implementation of community-based paediatrics model”. To read the proposals in full and public consultation feedback, follow Humber Acute Services review links here. The business case for the final proposals says the changes will result in an overall reduction of 60 inpatient beds across Scunthorpe and Grimsby hospitals site, though Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, will increase its capacity. There is also an expected revenue saving of £4.1m after £9m capital costs to carry out the changes. In a statement after the ICB’s meeting, its executive director of clinical and professional, Dr Nigel Wells, said: “The challenges within the NHS are many and complex and we know for a lot of people the NHS is not working as well as they would like. “Today’s decision will put hospital services like trauma and overnight emergency surgery on a much more sustainable footing and will mean there is seven-day consultant-led care and improved clinical outcomes for people living in northern Lincolnshire. The decision also means we can improve efficiency through consolidation of specialist teams and equipment and provide a more attractive working environment which is really important if we are to improve staff recruitment and retention. “We recognise this decision won’t be universally popular, but given the challenges we face in the NHS, I’m in no doubt it’s the right decision.” Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, has called the approved changes “a serious downgrade” for Scunthorpe General Hospital Cllr Waltham does not take the same view. “These cuts to hospital services means a serious downgrade to Scunthorpe General Hospital with longer journeys for local residents and their loved ones. “The council, along with many other local residents fought hard against this downgrade during the consultation process and we have frankly been ignored. I will be seeking an urgent meeting with the local NHS to call for them to listen to our views.” Join the FREE Grimsby Live WhatsApp Community Get all the latest stories, sent straight to your WhatsApp – all you need to do is click the link. We also treat our community members to special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners. If you don’t like our community, you can check out any time you like. If you’re curious, you can read our Privacy Notice. Original artice: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/all-about/scunthorpe

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Man who carried knife in public and violent stalker jailed – Grimsby court round-up

A man carrying a knife in public, a violent stalker and a woman who intentionally damaged a car and games console have been sentenced at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court in recent days. While some cases were adjourned to a later date and others sent to Grimsby Crown Court, magistrates in Grimsby still did not hesitate in handing out prison sentences, suspended sentence order and hefty fines to offenders from across northern Lincolnshire. Here are several people who were sentenced at magistrates’ court in Grimsby last week. READ MORE: Kane Staniforth, 24, of Cherry Grove, Scunthorpe indicated a plea of guilty to the possession of a knife in a public place, one count of vagrancy in which he was found inside a building with the intention of stealing copper pipes and one count of theft from a shop in which he stole washing detergent worth £24 from Food Warehouse, all whilst on a suspended sentence order for a previous offence. He was jailed for four weeks. Mark Pearson, 54, of Barnetby Road, Scunthorpe pleaded guilty to one count of stalking in which he sent numerous text messages and made numerous phone calls to the victim. He also admitted one count of common assault. He was jailed for 16 weeks. Grimsby Magistrates Court (Image: Donna Clifford/GrimsbyLive) Elizabeth Chester, 36, of Foxglove Gardens, Grimsby pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage in which she damaged property belonging to another, namely a games console and a car. She was given a two-year conditional discharge and a restraining order and ordered to pay £300 in compensation and £85 in costs to the Crown Prosecution Service. Adam Hunt, 26, of West Parade, Grimsby indicated a plea of guilty to breaching a non-molestation order in which he contacted the person he was prohibited from doing so. He was given a community order and a two-year restraining order and ordered to pay a £114 victim services surcharge and £85 in costs to the Crown Prosecution Service. Paul Ornsby, 38, of Daggett Road, Cleethorpes changed a previous plea of not guilty to guilty for assaulting a person, occasioning them actual bodily harm. He was given a two-year suspended sentence order, given a five-year restraining order and ordered to pay a victim services surcharge of £154. James Rhodes, 52, of Mulgrave Street, Scunthorpe indicated a plea of guilty to one count of theft from a shop in which he stole beef steaks worth £48 from Lidl. He was given a six-month suspended sentence order and ordered to comply with a drug rehabilitation requirement. Christopher Taylor, 38, of High Street, Burton upon Stather pleaded guilty to driving whilst disqualified and driving over the speed limit. He was disqualified from driving for four months and ordered to pay a £240 victim services surcharge and £85 in costs to the Crown Prosecution Service. Original artice: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/all-about/scunthorpe

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‘Bittersweet’ decision of Scunthorpe coffee shop owner who says ‘let’s finish on a high’

The owner of a hugely popular coffee shop in the heart of Scunthorpe is reluctantly having to close the business, to outpourings of sadness and dismay from its many customers. Moon Coffee & Kitchen, in Dunstall Street, welcomed its first patrons in October 2022, with the vegan café claiming it to have been a “magical journey” all the way. But owner Lisa has now taken to social media to announce a sad farewell. A post on the Moon Coffee & Kitchen Facebook page said: “With a heavy heart and a deep sense of gratitude, I must share some significant news with you all. As of 30th July 2024, Moon Coffee & Kitchen will be closing its doors. Unfortunately, I am currently dealing with a personal issue that requires all my attention.” READ MORE: Lisa went on to say: “Reflecting on the journey, it’s hard to believe it began just a couple of years ago. From the very first moments of renovating our space on Dunstall Street, to welcoming our first customers in October 2022, every step has been truly magical. Creating a space that celebrates plant-based living and sharing that joy with you all has been an experience that surpassed even my highest expectations. “My mission was simple yet ambitious – to offer a delightful vegan dining experience that would be both nourishing and exciting. Your incredible support and enthusiasm has turned that vision into a reality far beyond what I ever dreamed. Inside Moon Coffee & Kitchen, Dunstall Street, Scunthorpe (Image: moon.vegancoffeehouse/facebook) “Seeing the community embrace our ethos and flavours has been the most rewarding part of this adventure. I couldn’t be prouder of the dedicated team at Moon Coffee & Kitchen. “Their passion, hard work and creativity have been the heart and soul of our success. The positive feedback and love you’ve shown us reflect their unwavering commitment and the genuine care they’ve poured into every aspect of what we do. “While the desire to continue is strong, I now need to focus on matters in my life that demand my full attention. It’s a bittersweet decision, but I am determined to make the most of these last four weeks, ensuring we end on the highest note possible. “I hope to say goodbye to as many of you as possible before the door closes for the last time, but if our paths don’t cross before the end of the month, know that the love and laughter we’ve shared will stay with me forever. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support, for being part of my journey and for the unforgettable memories. Lisa.” A post the following day said: “After the sad news of yesterday, don’t forget we are open until 30th July. So still plenty of time to get over, let’s finish on a high!” Hundreds of people commented on Lisa’s farewell post. One said: “Best wishes for the future to you Lisa and all the staff. Thank you for all you have done for me, and the wider community. We won’t forget you.” Another commented: “What a big decision to have had to make especially as it’s such a thriving place. I won’t forget all that you did for the town and the people in it. It is more than a cafe.” One person said: “You should be super proud of all you have achieved, it was truly amazing, Moon Coffee, and I am gutted to see you close as I imagine most of Scunthorpe are.” Other people commented: “Just the best place for miles around. Loved your ethos. Wishing you all the best in the future.” “This is so sad to hear and I shall miss having this lovely eatery on our doorstep. I’ve loved every mouthful and every sip!” “I don’t recall ever being welcomed or valued so much in such a delightful space.” “This is sad news … it was the only decent and quirky place to go for coffee in Scunthorpe.” “This is absolutely devastating to hear, you’re our favourite place to eat in Scunthorpe and the surrounding area. Where will we eat now?” A Scunthorpe Live follower, said: “As a customer who has been here and enjoyed the most amazing food and coffee, and such a beautiful place, I think it would be nice to let everyone who loved Moon Coffee & Kitchen know to pay one last visit.” Join the FREE Grimsby Live WhatsApp Community Get all the latest stories, sent straight to your WhatsApp – all you need to do is click the link. We also treat our community members to special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners. If you don’t like our community, you can check out any time you like. If you’re curious, you can read our Privacy Notice. Original artice: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/all-about/scunthorpe

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Higher rates of obesity and food insecurity in northern Lincolnshire where ‘far too many are old before their time’

Higher rates of obesity, food insecurity and homelessness have been highlighted in an annual public health report. Northern Lincolnshire’s director of public health has set out ambitions to improve health and life expectancy in the area. There is support to make automatic free school meals registration for those entitled. The challenges faced are also laid out, though, with more than one in three people obese. Diane Lee is Northern Lincolnshire’s director of public health and this is her first annual report in the role. Read More: It was passed by North East Lincolnshire Council‘s health and wellbeing board on Monday, July 8. In the North East Lincolnshire-only pre-amble, the council notes life expectancy and healthy life expectancy, years lived in good health, “remain stubbornly low” and “far too many residents are old before their time”. Also discussed at the council’s health and wellbeing board was the Humber and North Yorkshire Health Care Partnership’s strategy. This includes the ambition to increase healthy life expectancy in the region by five years by 2035. Challenges faced – obesity, lower incomes, homelessness The public health report has eight areas of focus, which it is stated influence up to 80 per cent of our positive health and wellbeing. These relate to finances, employment, education, transport, housing, the food we eat, our natural surroundings, and family, friends and communities. On social isolation challenges, 15,858 households across northern Lincolnshire consist of a person with a disability living alone. In East Marsh and Port in Grimsby, more than one in four households are made up of a person with a disability living alone. Another challenge is obesity and people’s diets. North Lincolnshire has a 37.1 per cent obesity rate, according to Office for Public Health Improvement & Disparities (OHID) data. North East Lincolnshire at 34.7 per cent is still well above the England-wide 25.9 per cent average. Join the FREE Grimsby Live WhatsApp Community Get all the latest stories, sent straight to your WhatsApp – all you need to do is click the link. We also treat our community members to special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners. If you don’t like our community, you can check out any time you like. If you’re curious, you can read our Privacy Notice. There is a higher prevalence of fast food outlets. “As of December 2023, there were 196 fast food outlets in North Lincolnshire, and 227 in North East Lincolnshire. This gives an overall rate of 1.13 per 1,000 people in North Lincolnshire, and 1.42 per 1,000 in North East Lincolnshire, both of which are higher than the England average of 1.05 per 1,000.” There are greater rates within more deprived areas. Town Ward in Scunthorpe, had the highest concentration of fast food outlets per 1,000 people, with a rate of 4.9 for its 47 outlets. The impact of limited money is also highlighted, including food insecurity, where people do not “have access at all times to enough food that is both varied and culturally appropriate to sustain an active and healthy lifestyle”. North Lincolnshire has the lower figure here, 26.2 per cent, while 43.6 per cent of North East Lincolnshire’s population lived with food insecurity in 2021. Scunthorpe High Street, part of Town Ward, which has a high number of fast food outlets (Image: Donna Clifford/GrimsbyLive) Homelessness, air pollution and road collisions are other factors the report features, with notable statistics cited. With a rate of 25.6 per 1,000, North East Lincolnshire has the second highest rate of homeless families in the Yorkshire and Humber and significantly higher than the England average, based on 2021/22 data. The report states an indicator of mortality attributable to air pollution puts 5.6 per cent of deaths in North East Lincolnshire and 4.8 per cent in North Lincolnshire to particulate air pollution. Northern Lincolnshire also had in 2018-20 double the rate of children killed or seriously injured on roads, compared to the England-wide average. Ambitions and achievements since last year There are a raft of recommendations, labelled ‘ambitions’, with a 12 month timeline. This includes “ensure those families who are eligible to access free school meals are automatically enrolled, meaning no family misses out”. An opt-out system was called for by North Lincolnshire Labour councillors earlier this year. The Conservative council leader, Cllr Rob Waltham, rejected it as “patronising” and shared his own experience from a one-parent family eligible for free school meals. Free school meal eligibility is higher locally, according to Department for Education data, with 28.3 per cent eligibility in North Lincolnshire in 2022/23 academic year, around 6,900 pupils. Of those pupils, 5,539 took up the free schools meals option. North East Lincolnshire had a higher eligibility rate, 30.8 per cent. On social isolation, a stated ambition is to “continue to support community spaces and Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) enabled networks, across North Lincolnshire, to counter isolation”. There is a goal to work with schools and other key agencies “to enhance key prevention work for children and young people”. This includes improving oral health. Nationally, the main cause for hospital admissions among children is tooth decay. Championing active travel is another ambition – to reduce car journeys, and in turn, improve air quality. ONS Census data suggests 14.2 per cent of people in North East Lincolnshire walk or cycle to work, with East and West Marsh top with almost three in ten people doing so. In West Marsh, Grimsby, around three in ten people walk or cycle to work (Image: GrimsbyLive/Donna Clifford) The annual health report reflects on progress made since last year and developments that will contribute to ambitions. On travel, Levelling Up Fund-supported cycle paths in Scunthorpe are mentioned. Smoke-free playgrounds and schools have been implemented. There has also been use of regional health inequalities funding for a Scunthorpe North urban centre to improve understanding of diverse communities’ needs and “co-produce an offer which will improve the health and wellbeing of this population”. Original artice: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/all-about/scunthorpe

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New Starbucks in Scunthorpe opening this week with treats for first 100 in the queue

The newest Starbucks branch in Scunthorpe is opening with free giveaways to the first 100 customers. The drive-thru and eat-in outlet, in Kingsway, launches at 9am on Thursday, July 11. Designed with artwork that is specific to the branch, the Starbucks development has created 16 new jobs. District manager Anne Coleman, who has responsibility for six stores in the Scunthorpe, Barnetby, Grimsby and Lincoln areas, said: “We will be opening on Thursday at 9am and we are hoping that we will have a queue ready for us to serve them our handcrafted beverages. READ MORE: “We are a drive-thru with eat-in and take-away available and we are expecting a high footfall due to the location. We have just launched our summer range of food and beverages, so hopefully we have something for everyone.” Anne said the first 100 people in the queue would each be receiving a goody bag. She said: “We will be giving away a reusable cup, a Gold Coin [a chocolate coin with the Starbucks emblem on it] and a Via coffee. We will also be adding a treat-a-friend voucher to the bag, so you can visit the store again with a friend and they get a drink free on us.” Exterior of the new Starbucks, Kingsway, Scunthorpe (Image: Donna Clifford/GrimsbyLive) Anne, who has been with the Kbeverage group that is behind Starbucks for almost six years, said: “The store is also a green store, which means we recycle all our cardboard, plastic and coffee grounds. We are fully sustainable and love to promote community engagement. “Our other Scunthorpe drive-thru has been working with local charity Jerry Green. I am currently supporting breast cancer by swimming ten miles in July to raise money – everything I raise will be doubled by Kbeverage.” The new branch will be offering discounts to blue light workers and members of the military. Join the FREE Grimsby Live WhatsApp Community Get all the latest stories, sent straight to your WhatsApp – all you need to do is click the link. We also treat our community members to special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners. If you don’t like our community, you can check out any time you like. If you’re curious, you can read our Privacy Notice. Original artice: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/all-about/scunthorpe

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Six gang members ran multi-million-pound drugs empire in Scunthorpe

Six gang members ran a multi-million-pound drugs empire in Scunthorpe. The deceitful and illicit organised crime group was involved in producing and distributing class C drugs across the community. Now they are due to be sentenced following an investigation lasting over four years. The six appeared at Hull Crown Court on Monday, June 3, after being charged for their involvement in using industrial units to produce Etizolam tablets, making an estimated street value of six million pounds. Five pleaded guilty at this appearance, with the sixth being found guilty on Monday, June 24. READ MORE: • Anthony Florides, 33 years old, of Morley Road, Scunthorpe was charged with conspiracy to produce a class C drug and conspiracy to supply a class C drug. He entered a not guilty plea and following a three-week trial, a jury found him guilty of the offences. • Jack Ford, 34 years old, of Fairfield Road, Scunthorpe pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce a class C drug and conspiracy to supply a class C drug. • Abigail Comerford, 34 years old, of Peacock Street, Scunthorpe pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce a class C drug and conspiracy to supply a class C drug. • James Raithby, 29 years old, of Ashby Road, Scunthorpe pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce a class C drug and conspiracy to supply a class C drug. • John McCallum, 38 years old, of Glen Bervie, East Kilbride, Glasgow pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a class C drug. • Luke Jones, 31 years old, of Somerset Walk, Milton Keynes, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce a class C drug. Led by a team of experienced detectives, an investigation was launched in 2019 after officers identified that a number of people had been playing integral roles in an organised crime group by producing and supplying class C drugs. Etizolam is a class C controlled drug and is described as a synthetic which is designed to imitate the effects of other Benzodiazepines such as Nitrazepam or Diazepam, however, is believed to be ten times stronger and has been responsible for an increase in deaths in Scotland. Following initial enquiries into the gangs’ activities, two industrial units on Winterton Road in Scunthorpe began to draw the attention of officers. Officers quickly established how the group operated and how they arranged for class C drugs to be produced and distributed within communities. The unit was being used to manufacture Etizolam tablets (Image: Humberside Police) Detective Sergeant Chris Grocock from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit said: “From Wednesday 9 October 2019, CCTV enquiries showed the group’s movements at one of the units on Winterton Road. Jack Ford, Abigail Comerford, Anthony Florides and Luke Jones were all present at the unit throughout the day and were seen carrying large sacks from Florides’ vehicle into the premises. It was then identified that the unit was being used to manufacture Etizolam tablets. “The following day, Thursday 10 October, officers monitored the group’s activity, and spotted McCallum driving a van along the A1 where he was stopped by officers from West Yorkshire Police. Upon searching the van, officers discovered 14 large white sacks which contained yellow and white tablets. “The sacks were seized by officers and McCallum was subsequently arrested at the scene. As a result of extensive forensic analysis of the seizures, the sacks were found to contain approximately 1,487,193 of tablets worth an estimated £743,000. These were forensically tested and found to contain Etizolam, a class C controlled drug.” Following extensive mobile phone data analysis, McCallum’s mobile showed that the phone had been in Scotland the day before (Wednesday, October 9) and travelled to Scunthorpe in the early morning of Thursday, October 10. Through further CCTV enquiries and telephone data analysis, it was established that McCallum had loaded his vehicle with the drugs and was intending to drive back to Scotland, had he not been stopped by officers along the way. This led to him being charged and remanded in connection with his involvement. Shortly after McCallum’s arrest, police carried out a series of searches and arrest attempts for suspects who were believed to be linked to the industrial units on Winterton Road, including various premises in the Scunthorpe area. Another man was arrested by officers at a property on Wentworth Road on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug. Whilst searching the premise on Wentworth Road, officers recovered an encrypted phone and approximately £4275.48 in cash. This resulted in officers conducting searches at two units at Winterton Road. Join the FREE Grimsby Live WhatsApp Community Get all the latest stories, sent straight to your WhatsApp – all you need to do is click the link. We also treat our community members to special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners. If you don’t like our community, you can check out any time you like. If you’re curious, you can read our Privacy Notice. After searching both units, officers discovered a sophisticated tablet production unit, comprising three industrial rotary tablet machines capable of producing 320,000 tablets per hour. They also found associated package machines and over 950kgs of fake printed labelling with various different controlled drugs, including Diazepam. Officers also discovered further large quantities of white powder throughout the units, including a further 416,000 etizolam tablets, worth an estimated £208,000. Jack Ford and Abigail Comerford were both arrested on Thursday 10 October having been identified as being regular attendees at these units. Extensive CCTV analysis continued and Comerford and Ford were found to be attending the units daily, regularly being seen with their clothes covered in powder. This led to them both being charged. Raithby and Florides were later identified, and both arrested in November 2019 at their home addresses. Each was interviewed by detectives about their role in the organised crime group. Both were later charged in connection with their involvement. On Monday, June 24, a jury returned a guilty verdict for Florides and he, alongside Ford, Comerford,

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ADVERTORIAL: Scunthorpe United squad head to North Lindsey College to undergo special fitness test

University Campus North Lincolnshire recently welcomed the squad of Scunthorpe United to North Lindsey College, where they underwent a special test to determine their fitness levels. The first team players visited the college to take part in a special test known as VO2 MAX, a common tool used to understand your fitness level which measures how much oxygen your body uses whilst exercising. First team manager Andy Butler put his players through their paces for the first time in the 2024-25 season, as the contracted players got an insight into how tough the next five weeks will be in the build-up to the Vanarama National League North campaign. READ MORE: On hand to assist with the testing was UCNL Sport and Exercise Programme Leader, Aaron Eastwood, along with students, Brett Pearson and Duncan Wood. Aaron said: “It was great to welcome the Scunthorpe United squad for two days of pre-season testing recently, which included running body composition, counter movement jump and VO2 MAX. Scunthorpe United’s players were put through their paces ahead of the new season, with support from the University Campus North Lincolnshire (Image: North Lindsey College) “The experience was an invaluable one for our students, who were able to tie this into their Physiology and Strength & Conditioning modules. “Thank you to Andy Butler and his squad for their time – we look forward to working with the club throughout the season. We’re wishing the Iron all the best for the upcoming campaign.” Scunthorpe United First Team Manager, Andy Butler, said: “It was fantastic to see all of the players this week, and to see they’ve all been working hard in the close season to return in good shape, giving them a good starting point for pre-season training which starts on Monday. “The VO2 MAX testing process means there’s no hiding for anyone. I also took part in the test, and know how tough and enduring it was. I was really pleased with how all of the lads applied themselves, and I’m really looking forward to next week. “I’d like to thank Aaron, Brett and Duncan for their assistance during the testing, along with UCNL and North Lindsey College for giving us the opportunity to do the testing with them. I’d also like to thank Darryn Stamp for all of his help for getting this set-up, and leads the programme along with Aaron.” Original artice: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/all-about/scunthorpe

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