Prescott vows to tackle problem drug users
E YORKS: Police and crime commissioner candidate John Prescott has promised to tackle reoffending among drug users if elected.
He intends to launch a major drugs summit to tackle drugs users who commit crime to fuel their addiction.
Lord Prescott has revealed he aims to develop an early intervention programme for East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.
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Figures obtained from the region's primary care trusts (PCTs) have revealed Hull has 3,700 problem drug users.
The Labour candidate said: "Drug use has been one of the biggest issues raised so far on my consultation tour of the region.
"Drugs are a key element behind a large proportion of crime in our area.
"More needs to be done to target and intervene quickly to reduce the harm to our community.
"It is my intention, if elected, to call together an urgent meeting of all the interested parties in our area to assess the full extent of the problem to formulate a more effective policy to tackle the growing problem in our schools and beyond."
HULL: Business Secretary Vince Cable has hailed Siemens's planned wind turbine factory in Hull as a "real success" of the Government's industrial strategy.
Speaking at the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton, Mr Cable said he and others were "working with Siemens and others to develop offshore renewable engineering in Hull", adding that it was "a key low-carbon industry".
The comments come as city leaders await a final decision by the German engineering giant to commit to a new offshore wind turbine factory at Alexandra Dock in east Hull.
E RIDING: A security guard has been assaulted after he pursued two shoplifters.
Two youths, aged between 14 and 17, were seen stealing items from the Co-Operative supermarket in Hull Road, Hedon, on Friday at around 8pm.
The security guard chased them into the car park, where he managed to detain one of the youths who then assaulted the him by spitting at him and punching him to the face.
Anyone who witnessed the assault or has any information should call Humberside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
E RIDING: The One Show will be in Gilberdyke to try to help a dog rescue charity.
The BBC One show will help Jerry Green Dog Rescue, which cares for and rehomes abandoned and unwanted dogs.
The kennels are full and the charity is unable to look after anymore until the current dogs find new homes.
A spokesman for the show said: "We'll be trying to help the volunteers at Jerry Green find those families."
The cameras will be rolling at an open day at the rescue centre on Sunday.
The visit is part of the One Show's new strand The One Show To The Rescue which aims to get communities more involved in local projects.
EAST YORKS: Teachers across Hull and the East Riding will take part in work-to-contract action next month.
Members of the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT were due to observe a 25-point set of instructions tomorrow but it has now been put back to Wednesday, October 3.