Scunthorpe

Normanby Hall Country Park near Scunthorpe has cancelled its upcoming park run event due to two very large wild Red Deer stags.

The stags are currently residing in the woodland opposite the deer park and can be very unpredictable, so the park requested that the Parkrun, due to take place on Saturday, October 16 was cancelled. The two stags have been trying to get into the park to join the other deers, but it is anticipated that they will move on once rutting season has ended.

This comes after Normanby Hall Country Park announced earlier this week that the woodland area would be temporarily closed to the public.

Normanby Hall Country Park said: “This is due to there being two wild stags in the vicinity – as it is currently rutting (mating) season, the stags can present as aggressive and pose a threat to public safety.

“Visitors to the park are asked not to approach the deer if seen.

“Go Ape continues to operate with added safety measures in place.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and update our customers if anything changes. Apologies for the inconvenience caused – customer safety is our priority.”

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More than £100,000 has been raised for private treatment to help a father-of-three from Scunthorpe battling a deadly brain tumour – and his wife has discussed her “anger” at the lack of treatment options in the UK.

Dave Hopkins, a 46-year-old former technician for an oil refinery, was diagnosed with a high-grade brain tumour on September 1, 2020.

He and his wife Nicki have a nine-year-old daughter called Sydney, while Nicki is also stepmum to Dave’s two other children, Dylan, 24, and Lydia, 21.

Dave’s family consists of wife Nicki, 46, son Dylan, 24, and daughters Lydia, 21, and Sydney, 9.

Dave underwent a craniotomy at Hull Royal Infirmary, and the results of his biopsy confirmed he had a grade four glioblastoma multiforme.

Just 12% of brain tumour patients survive more than five years, and just 1% of the national spend on cancer research is allocated to the disease, despite more children and adults under 40 dying of brain tumours than any other cancer.

Dave underwent six weeks of radiotherapy.

Six weeks of intense radiotherapy got under way and cycles of chemotherapy took place for five days every month, but his wife Nicki knew she had to find another form of treatment to save his life.

Nicki, also 46, found potential treatment at a clinic in Cologne, Germany which creates personalised immune therapy to strengthen a patient’s immune system.

A gruesome look at the extent of surgery on Dave’s brain.

After backing from various consultants, Nicki set up a crowdfunding page to help raise the £150,000 treatment costs from going private. The fundraiser now stands at over £111,000 at the time of reporting (donate here).

Nicki was left frustrated by the lack of options for her husband in the UK, but said the response to the fundraiser warmed her heart.

Dave Hopkins (left) with his family during Christmas.

She said: “While I am hugely grateful to all our wonderful supporters, who’re engaging in all manner of fundraising activities, I am angry that brain tumour patients don’t have more options available to them on the NHS.

“It shouldn’t be a ‘one size fits all’ approach. There are so many different types and categories of brain tumour yet all patients seem to be offered the same archaic treatments.

“According to the diagnostics, none of the treatment offered to Dave was expected to work, due to the genetic profile of his tumour. Other countries, such as Germany, seem to be so much further ahead of us. It makes me so cross that crowdfunding feels like our only option.”

He and his family are huge Chelsea fans, and went to Stamford Bridge regularly during Dave’s times of good health.

Nicki described the ordeal as a “rollercoaster” but is thankful for the response and support of local MP Holly Mumby-Croft, who earlier this year raised the issue in Prime Minister’s Questions, calling for government to work with Brain Tumour Research to help improve treatment options for patients like Dave.

She added: “We’re extremely grateful to have the support of our local MP and pleased to see that questions are being asked in parliament relating to vaccine therapies, like the one Dave is having to access privately but so much more needs to be done.

“It’s been an emotional month or so, as it’s now been one year since Dave’s shattering diagnosis. It’s hard to put into words what the last 12 months have been like but needless to say it’s been a rollercoaster. I admire Dave so much; he is strong, determined and never moans. Instead, he fights. His strength is unbelievable.

“His most recent MRI scan results were fairly positive. The treatment we are accessing in Germany, alongside chemotherapy and now vitamin C infusions and supplements, seems to be helping.”

Dave with his daughter Sydney, aged nine.

Hugh Adams, head of stakeholder relations at Brain Tumour Research said: “We thank everyone at #TeamHopkins for their campaigning support and send our very best wishes to Dave as he bravely continues on his treatment journey.

“More must be done to develop treatments and improve outcomes for patients like Dave. We desperately need to increase investment in research into brain tumours, so that patients don’t have to resort to raising hundreds of thousands of pounds to access private treatment.

“It’s only through research that we will find more effective treatments for brain tumour patients and, ultimately, a cure.”

By Local Democracy Reporter

Scunthorpe police are finding it impossible to stop anti-social cyclists who take to pedestrian areas, a councillor has claimed.

Councillor Lorriane Yeadon says that during a recent tour of Scunthorpe high street, police witnessed 50 cyclists breaking the rules in less than an hour – but were only able to stop two boys.

The North Lincolnshire councillor has raised questions about how upcoming fines on cyclists will be issued by council officers.

North Lincolnshire full council meeting at the Pods, Scunthorpe. | Photo: Jamie Waller

Police say that most cyclists did dismount when challenged, but they are aware of the issues and patrol the area reguarly.

A Public Service Protection (PSPO) will give officers the power to hand £1,000 fines to anyone cycling in a pedestrian area.

However, the Town ward councillor said that she feared they would have trouble catching offenders.

Councillor Yeadon told a full meeting of North Lincolnshire Council about the problems facing the high street.

“On a recent walkabout with police in the town centre, we saw about 50 cyclists go past in the space of 40 minutes,” she told the council.

“Police attempted to stop many of them.

“The only people that they were successful in talking to were a pair of 9 and 10 year-old youngsters, who were nonplussed.

“Cyclists on the high street could easily bump into pedestrians and cause a really bad accident.

“I worry that with the new PSPO, if cyclists won’t stop police then will they stop for council officers?”

A statement from Humberside Police said: “We are working with our partners at North Lincolnshire Council and other stakeholders to address the issue.

“As such, our officers recently hosted a ward walk with local councillors. During the patrol, officers did witness a number of people contravening the no cycling prohibition.

“Officers stopped and engaged with most, who then dismounted and were advised appropriately, but some others did ride past at speed.

“We believe our response was proportionate and in line with public safety, which is always at the forefront of our minds.”

Inspector Richard Mirfin said: “We take a proactive approach to tackling these issues and educating people on the impact their actions can have on their community.

“Everyone should feel safe in their community and we are working closely with our partners to ensure this is the case.”

The PSPO is set to be introduced later this month, and will prohibit a wide range of nuisance and anti-social behaviour across North Lincolnshire.

Councillor Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said that the measures in the PSPO would help to make the area safer.

“I am pleased that our proposals on new measures to tackle anti-social behaviour and enviro-crime have won the support of local residents,” he said.

“There are some areas where inconsiderate people behave in ways which we should not put up with. These new powers will give the council and the police a new tool to tackle this inconsiderate behaviour with fines of up to £1,000.”

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