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Fireman Vows To Scuba Dive Again After Horrific Accident
A Bradford man being treated for severe spinal injuries after a terrible mountain bike accident has vowed to be back underwater with his beloved British Sub-Aqua Club within a year. Peter Lau, from…
Sheffield To Lead Way In Cervical Cancer Diagnosis
500,000 Community Boost From Commissioner Crime Fund
Search Begins For HS2 Residents' Commissioner
Teenager Who Broke Back In Crash Completes Sponsored Swim For Air…
Overseas Visitors Open Up World Of Export To City Region Firms
22 October - A Day Of Hope For This With Polio And Post Polio Syndrome
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500,000 Community Boost From Commissioner Crime Fund

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson
West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson
More than half a million pounds, £567,000, has now been awarded to charities, voluntary groups and other organisations across West Yorkshire under the Police and Crime Commissioner's Safer…

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Tue 21st Oct, 2014 | 12:29pm


Tue 21st Oct, 2014

Dear Editor,

22 October - A Day Of Hope For This With Polio And Post Polio Syndrome


For many of those living with Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) in the UK, Wednesday 22 October is a day of hope. Some 120,000 people in this country are still living with the debilitating…

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Roundhay Is Royal Horticultural Society's 'Best Public Park'

The city of Leeds has once again hit the heights at the annual Britain in Bloom awards.

Held this year in Bristol, Leeds was recognised in the 'Large City' group category of the acclaimed awards with…

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Sat 18th Oct, 2014 | 2:59pm

West Yorkshire's Crime Commissioner Seeks Members For Misconduct Panels

The Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson
The Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson
Independent members are being sought by West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner to sit on misconduct panels which hear cases against police officers.

The vacancies have arisen after two of…

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Sat 18th Oct, 2014 | 1:36pm

Lack Of CPR Skills In Yorkshire And The Humber Could Cost Lives


Less than half (46%) of adults in Yorkshire and the Humber have been trained in lifesaving CPR - a shortfall that could lead to people needlessly losing their lives to cardiac arrests, according…

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Thu 16th Oct, 2014 | 6:00am


Wed 15th Oct, 2014

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Anne Strikes A Stylish Blow For Polio, PPS And Disabled Fashion

Anne Wafula Strike
Anne Wafula Strike
I would like to congratulate Paralympian and British Polio Fellowship ambassador Anne Wafula Strike on receiving her MBE and for using this achievement to make the case for those like herself…

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Prime Minister Receives Much Needed Charity


Ten volunteers from the Keighley area travelled to No. 10 Downing Street last Wednesday and were thanked by Prime Minister David Cameron for their devotion to Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.

The…

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Wed 15th Oct, 2014 | 5:16pm

Rogue Landlords Are A Health Risk


Renters health at risk in Yorkshire and the Humber as rogue landlords fail to carry out repairs. Housing and Homelessness charity Shelter calls for ban on revenge evictions as renters fear…

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Tue 14th Oct, 2014 | 5:16pm

Kris Hopkins Attacks Labour's Opposition To "English Votes For English Laws"


Keighley and Ilkley Conservative MP Kris Hopkins has criticised the Labour Party for announcing its intention to boycott discussions set-up to examine the future role of English MPs in the wake of…

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Tue 14th Oct, 2014 | 4:20pm

The 'Disgrace' Of Pensioner Poverty


Age UK Sheffield is backing a major new campaign to end pensioner poverty by urging the city's older people to ensure they are not missing out on vital benefits.

The city charity has added its…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 5:57pm

Scientists Spruce Up Woodland

The volunteers
The volunteers
Scientists from IDEXX Laboratories in Wetherby got their hands dirty helping to care for a young woodland in Nidderdale.

The team of volunteers joined woodland experts from local charity Yorkshire…

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Sat 11th Oct, 2014 | 6:00pm

David Ward MP Calls For Calm Over Fighting In Kashmir

David Ward MP
David Ward MP
Bradford MP, David Ward, is urging both the Indian and Pakistani Governments to cease all cross border aggression, which has seen the worst outbreak of violence in Kashmir for a decade.

The…

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Sat 11th Oct, 2014 | 10:35am

Ebola Update: Chief Medical Officer Advice On UK Screening


A statement on the introduction of screening at UK travel destinations has been issued following advice from the Chief Medical Officer.

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

"The UK is continuing…

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Fri 10th Oct, 2014 | 7:56pm

Yorkshire Dales Tourism Initiative Set To Woo Wool-Lovers


A tourism initiative has been launched that will entice visitors to the Yorkshire Dales by drawing on the nation's growing love affair with wool.

The Dales Tourism Network (DTN) is setting out to…

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Fri 10th Oct, 2014 | 4:46pm

Time To Change Attitudes On Mental Health


Professor Liz Barnes, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University has joined forces with representatives from the Students' Union to sign a pledge of support to end discrimination…

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Thu 9th Oct, 2014 | 3:57pm

Ebola Surveillance And Contingency Planning Ongoing In UK


Overall risk of Ebola remains low but robust, well-tested infectious disease systems active permanently in UK.

Public Health England is continuing to work with government colleagues to ensure the…

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Tue 7th Oct, 2014 | 10:26pm

Stay Back - Don't Undertake Campaign


The 'STAY BACK - DON'T UNDERTAKE' campaign highlights the dangers of cyclists undertaking lorries on the road. While motorists have a duty of care to use their mirrors before turning across a…

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Tue 7th Oct, 2014 | 5:10pm

Foreign Secretary Discusses ISIL With Iraqi Vice President


Philip Hammond meets Iraqi Vice President Allawi, discusses co-operation against ISIL & urges formation of full government.

Today, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond met Dr Ayad Allawi, Vice…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 9:00pm

Top Award For Community Canal Project

Group with certificate
Group with certificate
A community project to bring the Rochdale Canal to life has taken the crown in a national award recognising fantastic work to transform the country's historic canals and rivers.

Towpath…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 7:39pm

Entries Invited For Exhibition At Scarborough Art Gallery


Entries are being invited for a major open exhibition which will take place at Scarborough Art Gallery early next year.

The East Coast Open will be held at the Gallery from 24 January to 15 March…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 5:02pm

Statement On Murder Of Alan Henning By ISIL



'Brutal murder shows how barbaric and repulsive these terrorists are,' says Prime Minister David Cameron.

Responding to the news, the Prime Minister said:

"The brutal murder of Alan Henning by…

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Sat 4th Oct, 2014 | 8:30pm

Foreign Office Minister Condemns Attack On UN Peacekeepers In Mali


Minister for Africa James Duddridge condemns ambush in Mali which left 9 UN peacekeepers dead: "such attacks are unjustifiable."

Foreign Office Minister Mr Duddridge said:

"I am shocked and…

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Fri 3rd Oct, 2014 | 9:00pm

"You Scrooge, You Lose!"

photo by Elliot Brown
photo by Elliot Brown
Companies, councils, and locals are being urged to come together to save Santa in Yorkshire this Christmas as part of a nation-wide online campaign to raise funding for festive high street…

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Fri 3rd Oct, 2014 | 6:00pm

Mushroom For Improvement

EDIBLE: Pennybun, Portabello and Morel mushrooms
EDIBLE: Pennybun, Portabello and Morel mushrooms
Mushrooms are the UKs most frequently purchased veg and a recent survey reveals that they are a mystery to many people in Yorkshire and the Humber, despite consuming over 121,000 tonnes of them in…

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Fri 3rd Oct, 2014 | 2:20pm

Foreign Office Minister Condemns Syria Violence And Attack

Syrian children - photo by Freedom House
Syrian children - photo by Freedom House
Tobias Ellwood MP condemns attack against civilians in Homs, killing over 45 people, mostly children, after two car bombs exploded outside a primary school.

Minister for the Middle East Tobias…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 8:08pm

Search Begins For HS2 Residents' Commissioner


Recruitment is now under way to find a Residents' Commissioner to help those who may be eligible for Government compensation and cash payment schemes because they live very close to the new…

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Tue 21st Oct, 2014 | 12:23pm

'Outstanding' Anti Poverty Group Nominated For National Award


This month Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central, has nominated Church Action on Poverty in Barnsley for the Paul Goggins Memorial Prize.

The request for nominations was made by the All Party…

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Mon 20th Oct, 2014 | 9:37am

40% Of People In Yorkshire Have Never Donated To A Local Charity


New research conducted by Localgiving, based on a sample of 2,000 UK adults, reveals that despite clear concern for the welfare of their local community, a large proportion of people in Yorkshire…

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Sat 18th Oct, 2014 | 1:45pm

Napoleons Unveil New Look After 2 million Investment


Today Napoleons Casino & Restaurant at Owlerton in Sheffield will officially cut the ribbon & unveil its new facilities following a £2 million refurbishment & extension which has been…

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Thu 16th Oct, 2014 | 3:52pm

Will PM Recognise Palestinian State?


At the weekly Prime Minister's Question Time, David Ward, Member of Parliament for Bradford East, asked the Prime Minister whether he will be following the House of Commons example and recognise…

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Wed 15th Oct, 2014 | 6:07pm

Mulholland Calls For Leeds-Bradford Airport Rail Link Decision Soon


In the House of Commons today, MP for Leeds North West, Greg Mulholland, called for a decision on a rail link to Leeds-Bradford Airport to be made locally and soon.

Speaking in a debate about…

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Wed 15th Oct, 2014 | 5:31pm

New Cancer Support Centre Opens In Skipton

MP Julian Smith opens the new Cancer Support Centre in Skipton
MP Julian Smith opens the new Cancer Support Centre in Skipton
A new centre in Skipton to support people affected by cancer has been officially opened by MP Julian Smith. Over 70 people, including health professionals, local businesses and community groups…

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Wed 15th Oct, 2014 | 8:36am

Paul Blomfield MP Challenges Nick Clegg Over "Unfair" Cuts For Sheffield

Paul Blomfield MP
Paul Blomfield MP
Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, today challenged Nick Clegg in Parliament over the Government's "unfair cuts to Sheffield City Council".

Speaking at Deputy Prime Minister's question…

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Tue 14th Oct, 2014 | 5:12pm

Prison. Who Cares?


It costs the taxpayer £35k per year to keep someone in prison and we are currently locking up over 80,000 prisoners. Yet why is the prison gate too often just a revolving door for many…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 6:36pm

The Yorkshire Children Of Courage Awards 2014 - A Spectacle Of Courage, Bravery And Fun!


The St. James's Place, Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards 2014(YCCA), in association with Arrow Cars took place at New Dock Hall, Leeds on Friday 10th October and raised a phenomenal…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 8:00am

Repairs Completed On Well-Used Path

Mill Gill path - before - photo Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Mill Gill path - before - photo Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Walkers heading to Whitfield Gill in Wensleydale will find the route is a lot easier to navigate thanks to work by volunteers and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA).

Sixteen…

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Sat 11th Oct, 2014 | 12:11pm

Warming Up For Countryside Live

Adele Zebrauskaite and her father Darius with expert farrier Jason Gajczak
Adele Zebrauskaite and her father Darius with expert farrier Jason Gajczak
Three-year-old Adele Zebrauskaite had a sneak preview of the world-class farriery competition which takes place later this month at Countryside Live, on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October 2014.

In…

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Fri 10th Oct, 2014 | 8:00pm

World Mental Health Day: Nick Clegg Message


A message from the Deputy Prime Minister to mark World Mental Health Day.

The Deputy Prime Minister said:

"It's astounding that, in this day and age, when millions of us spend so much time…

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Fri 10th Oct, 2014 | 6:45pm

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Benefits From Charity Lottery

Potteric Carr - photo by Matthew Roberts
Potteric Carr - photo by Matthew Roberts
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is delighted to confirm that players of People's Postcode Lottery have now raised an amazing £51.4 million for charities and good causes since the lottery's launch…

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Thu 9th Oct, 2014 | 8:46pm

Yorkshire High Streets Shortlisted To Be Named Top Of The Shops


Towns and villages around Britain are set to battle it out after making it onto the shortlist for the Great British High Street Awards.

The competition to find Britain's best high streets is…

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Thu 9th Oct, 2014 | 11:38am

Minister For The Middle East Visits Israel

photo by Gisela Giardino
photo by Gisela Giardino
Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood visited Israel on 6-7 October. He met Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni, Minister of Intelligence Yuval Steinitz and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs…

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Tue 7th Oct, 2014 | 10:00pm

Skipton's Best Loved Fish & Chip Restaurant Raises Money for Macmillan


Skipton's award winning Fish & Chip Restaurant, Bizzie Lizzie's at Swadford Street, swapped frying for baking last week as it took part in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning to raise almost…

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Tue 7th Oct, 2014 | 9:36am

Minister For The Middle East Visits The Gaza Strip

photo by Physicians for Human Rights
photo by Physicians for Human Rights

British Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood MP visited the Gaza Strip today. He was the first British Minister to travel to Gaza since this summer's conflict.

Mr Ellwood visited the…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 9:00pm

Visitors Flocking To Leeds Museums And Galleries

Leeds Art Gallery
Leeds Art Gallery
Leeds Museums and Galleries are once again proving to be a big hit with visitors, new figures have revealed.

As part of a report recently published by VisitEngland which collated visitor numbers…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 7:29pm

Ahmadi Muslims Condemn Brutal Murder Of Alan Henning

Muhammad S Nayyer (Leeds) said:

"The world is witness yet again to barbaric acts of inhumanity that have sent shockwaves around the world.

"Our revulsion is compounded by the fact that this evil…

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Sat 4th Oct, 2014 | 8:30pm

Billings Reaffirms Pledge To Donate Half His Salary To Charities Supporting Victims


Dr Alan Billings, has reaffirmed his long-standing pledge to donate half his salary to South Yorkshire charities supporting victims if he wins the PCC by-election.

Dr Alan Billings said:

"I have…

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Sat 4th Oct, 2014 | 8:00am

Foreign Secretary's Eid Message

photo by Jaskirat Singh Bawa
photo by Jaskirat Singh Bawa
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond sends his best wishes to Muslims celebrating Eid.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"I would like to send my best wishes to Muslims and their families around…

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Fri 3rd Oct, 2014 | 8:57pm

Last Chance To Nominate Young Heroes For A Diana Award


Nominate an outstanding local young person from Yorkshire and Humberside for a Diana Award by visiting www.diana-award.org.uk and click on Celebrate Young Heroes. The deadline for nominations is…

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Fri 3rd Oct, 2014 | 3:22pm

Foreign Secretary Co-Hosts The Defeating Ebola Conference

image by A J Cann
image by A J Cann
The Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, today co-hosted a conference with the Development Secretary and Government of Sierra Leone to galvanise the international community into doing more to tackle…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 8:39pm

PM's Speech Highlights Why Only A Conservative Government Can Secure Our Country's Future

Kris Hopkins MP
Kris Hopkins MP
David Cameron's commitments to cut tax for 30 million people, protect the NHS budget and negotiate a better deal for Britain in advance of an "in-out" EU referendum underlines why the election of…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 8:02pm

Yorkshire Word of the Day
jigto play truant
Definitions kindly supplied by the family of the late Arnold Kellett, wordsmith of the Yorkshire Language
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