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Hopes For 'Stuffed Seal' This Christmas
Staff at Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary are wishing for a properly 'stuffed' seal this Christmas......a pup that eats so heartily it puts on weight and can start to look forward to a return to the…
Living Streets' Comment On Labour Party Street Lighting Survey
More Support For Veterans In The Criminal Justice System
Brits Set To Ditch The Dish Cloth On Christmas Day!
Avian Flu Restrictions Lifted
Foreign Secretary Responds To FBI Reports Into Cyber Attacks On Sony…
Pupils Give Festive Cheer To Harrogate's Young Carers
Hopes For 'Stuffed Seal' This Christmas
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Living Streets' Comment On Labour Party Street Lighting Survey

photo by Stephen Jones
photo by Stephen Jones
Today (22 December 2014) the Labour Party publishes survey results which shows local councils now dim or switch off a quarter of all street lighting at night.

Living Streets' Chief Executive, Joe…

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Mon 22nd Dec, 2014 | 8:00am

Foreign Secretary Responds To FBI Reports Into Cyber Attacks On Sony Pictures


Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"I unequivocally condemn these cyber attacks and am deeply concerned at the findings of the US investigation, which seems to provide further evidence of…

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Sat 20th Dec, 2014 | 2:40pm

New Road Signs Point Tourists In The Right Direction


Brand new road signs are directing tourists to Skipton's historic 14 century corn mill.

As part of Visit England's seal of approval, new signs have been placed throughout the town directing people…

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Sat 20th Dec, 2014 | 8:47am

Foreign Secretary Condemns Killing And Mass Abduction Of Civilians In Northern Nigeria

Foreign Office
Foreign Office
Following reports of the killing and mass abduction of villagers in Northern Nigeria, the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, condemned the attack and expressed his support for Nigeria, saying:

"I…

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Fri 19th Dec, 2014 | 5:02pm

Charities In Front Seat Of New Reoffending Drive


Today, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling will sign new contracts with a host of charities, private companies and public organisations who will be brought in to manage offenders post-prison.

The…

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Thu 18th Dec, 2014 | 3:11pm

Outlet Centre Spreads Seasonal Cheer Across Yorkshire

Smawthorne Henry Moore Primary School
Smawthorne Henry Moore Primary School
Last Thursday (Thursday 11th December ) two of Santa's most sprightly helpers set out on a merry mission across West Yorkshire area to spread Christmas spirit to those in need of a little support…

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Thu 18th Dec, 2014 | 8:00am

Children's Author Saves Towards Her Dream


An aspiring children's author is a step nearer her publishing dream after winning £1,000 from Leeds Building Society.

Ruth Farrar, from Leeds, secured the most public votes to win the…

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Wed 17th Dec, 2014 | 5:03pm

Judi Dench Becomes Vice President Of The Yorkshire Society

Dame Judi Dench
Dame Judi Dench
Multi award winning actress Dame Judi Dench has accepted an invitation to become Vice President of the Yorkshire Society which promotes the county around the globe.

York born, the classical and…

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Wed 17th Dec, 2014 | 12:16pm

Here To Lend An Elfing Hand

'Win An Elf to Help' winner
'Win An Elf to Help' winner
Christmas is here, 'tis the season of goodwill and festive cheer and to celebrate Junction 32 has given three deserving members of the community an early Christmas present - a day out being…

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Tue 16th Dec, 2014 | 2:44pm

British Embassy In Cairo Resumes Full Public Services

Cairo skyline - photo - Gary Denham
Cairo skyline - photo - Gary Denham
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"I am pleased that the British Embassy in Cairo has today resumed public services in full. I am very grateful for the close co-operation from the Egyptian…

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Tue 16th Dec, 2014 | 11:03am


Mon 15th Dec, 2014

Dear Editor,

Letter To The Editor From Esther Rantzen


I am writing to encourage you and your readers to visit your local Yorkshire & Humber British Heart Foundation (BHF) shop this Christmas. By doing your festive shopping with the BHF, you can spend…

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Go The Extra Mile For The Homeless

Mark Whitehead and Regina Lawton wearing new HARC shirts
Mark Whitehead and Regina Lawton wearing new HARC shirts
Mark Whitehead walked 75 miles right round Sheffield in only 15 hours earlier this month with his dog Bear and now finds he has raised over £1,200 for HARC (Homesless & Rootless at…

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Mon 15th Dec, 2014 | 3:48pm

New Campaign Launched To Cut Cardiac Arrest Death Toll


This week sees the launch of AEDdonate, a major campaign designed to save lives throughout the UK by dramatically increasing the number of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available for…

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Sat 13th Dec, 2014 | 3:30pm

UK Leads EU Fuel Ban For Syrian Regime Air Attacks

A Syrian family - photo Freedom House
A Syrian family - photo Freedom House
The UK has campaigned to take this step as jet fuel enables the Syrian regime's air force to kill its own people, including with barrel bombs.

Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood said:

"We…

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Fri 12th Dec, 2014 | 10:47pm

UN Special Envoy De Mistura Meets UK Ministers On Future Of Syria

Syrian children - photo Freedom House
Syrian children - photo Freedom House
The UK is clear that only a comprehensive political solution can end the conflict in Syria. The war has claimed more than 200,000 lives, has left more than half of the pre-conflict population in…

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Thu 11th Dec, 2014 | 4:39pm

Warning Against Leaving Animals Outside In Freezing Temperatures

photo - ALY1963
photo - ALY1963
Because forecasters are predicting freezing temperatures throughout the north of England this week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is offering urgent advice for ensuring the…

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Thu 11th Dec, 2014 | 1:09pm

Foreign Office Marks Human Rights Day 2014

photo - Sean MacEntee
photo - Sean MacEntee
Today marks UN Human Rights Day, celebrated every year to remind us that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the common standard to which every country must aspire.

This year the Foreign…

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Wed 10th Dec, 2014 | 5:47pm

Report Reveals 36 Women Died From Flu In 3 Years


Public Health England (PHE) is urging more pregnant women to come forward for the free flu vaccination this winter as a new report published today (9 December 2014) shows how fatal the virus can…

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Tue 9th Dec, 2014 | 4:16pm

Public Services At British Embassy In Cairo Are Currently Suspended


Updated Monday 8 December

Public services at the British Embassy in Cairo are currently suspended. The office of the British Consulate-General in Alexandria is operating as normal.

Ambassador…

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Sun 7th Dec, 2014 | 10:28pm

2k Grant Towards New Equipment At Bluebell Wood

Janet Marshall attending the cheque presentation
Janet Marshall attending the cheque presentation
North Anston based children's hospice Bluebell Wood has received a £2,000 grant to help fund equipment which will be used both at the hospice and in the community.

Sheffield based financial…

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Sat 6th Dec, 2014 | 6:59pm

Second Cohort Of NHS Volunteers Gear Up To Fight Ebola In West Africa

More UK aid arrives - photo James Fulker/DFID
More UK aid arrives - photo James Fulker/DFID
A further 25 NHS staff from across the UK are deploying to Sierra Leone to join Britain's fight against Ebola, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

Following 5…

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Fri 5th Dec, 2014 | 4:58pm

Minister Welcomes Resumption Of Colombian Peace Talks

photo Olga Lednichenko
photo Olga Lednichenko
The Colombian government and the FARC have agreed to resume discussions in Havana on 10 December, and have made a commitment to agree ways to de-escalate the ongoing conflict.

President Santos…

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Fri 5th Dec, 2014 | 4:29pm

Big Banana Relay Finishes UK Tour

Staff at the handover of the cheque for charity
Staff at the handover of the cheque for charity
Staff at Go Ape throughout the UK, including Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire, went bananas to support Teenage Cancer Trust, raising a grand total of £60,000 for the charity.

Staff from the…

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Thu 4th Dec, 2014 | 1:45pm

New Spider Discovery In Yorkshire

Purse-web spider - photo Graeme Lyons
Purse-web spider - photo Graeme Lyons
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is delighted to have the first confirmed Yorkshire record for the purse-web spider Atypus affinis found at their Brockadale Nature Reserve. A distant relative of the…

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Wed 3rd Dec, 2014 | 2:59pm

FCO Minister Condemns Bomb Attack At The Residence Of The Iranian Ambassador To Yemen


In response to today's bomb attack in the Yemeni capital Sana'a, Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood said:

"I condemn today's bomb attack at the residence of the Iranian Ambassador to…

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Wed 3rd Dec, 2014 | 2:00pm

Avian Flu Restrictions Lifted

photo tracy ducasse
photo tracy ducasse
All restrictions following the outbreak of Avian Flu in Yorkshire last month have now been lifted (Sunday 21 December 2014).

This means that all poultry keeping farms within the 10 kilometre…

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Sun 21st Dec, 2014 | 12:01am

Campaign Launched To Commemorate Christmas Truce 100 Years On


Charity Christmas Single Now #1 iTunes Christmas Chart, #1 Amazon Movers & Shakers
Stephen Fry, Boris Johnson, Bear Grylls and more add their support
Christmas Carol Marks the Centenary of…

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Sat 20th Dec, 2014 | 10:53am

PHE Scientists Receive Ebola Treatment Research Funding

Ebola virus
Ebola virus
As England's national public health agency and a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Haemorrhagic Fever Virus Reference and Research, PHE has been approached by a number of…

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Fri 19th Dec, 2014 | 6:19pm

National Park Business Goes Crackers Over Red Squirrels

Red squirrel - photo Peter Trimming
Red squirrel - photo Peter Trimming
Businesses in the Yorkshire Dales National Park are being given the chance to help look after endangered red squirrels.

From the month of December, local entrepreneurs are being invited to sponsor…

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Thu 18th Dec, 2014 | 6:24pm

Affordable Flood Insurance One Step Closer


People in the highest flood risk areas will be better protected against spiralling insurance costs as Flood Re comes one step closer to implementation today.

After ongoing negotiations with the…

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Thu 18th Dec, 2014 | 11:27am

UK Welcomes Adoption Of UNSC Resolution On Aid Access To Syria

refugee children - photo DFID
refugee children - photo DFID
Commenting today, Philip Hammond said:

"The conflict in Syria has left more than 12.2 million people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. The Assad regime continues to block the delivery of…

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Wed 17th Dec, 2014 | 5:24pm

One Minute Of Silent Tribute


The Lord Mayor of Leeds will lead a one minute silence tomorrow to show support for those affected by this week's tragic events in Pakistan.

The event will take place in front of Leeds Art Gallery…

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Wed 17th Dec, 2014 | 3:11pm

Magical Disney Trip For Bluebell Wood Families


Two bereaved families who are being supported by Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice have just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Florida, thanks to ITV Text Santa.

The trip was part of a…

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Wed 17th Dec, 2014 | 8:15am

Keighley MP Horrified By Pakistan School Attack


Keighley and Ilkley Conservative MP Kris Hopkins has said he is appalled at news of a Taliban attack on a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar earlier today in which at least 100 people -…

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Tue 16th Dec, 2014 | 12:03pm

Minister For Africa Calls For An End To The Conflict In South Sudan

Sudanese children - photo David Stanley
Sudanese children - photo David Stanley
On the anniversary of the conflict in South Sudan, Minister for Africa James Duddridge said:

"One year on from the start of the crisis in South Sudan it is an important moment to reflect on the…

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Mon 15th Dec, 2014 | 5:47pm

Peter Snow, Poetry and Homeless Veterans


National broadcaster turned military historian, Peter Snow, is backing a campaign to help homeless ex-Forces use poetry to put the 'Lights on' for veterans facing homelessness this winter.

Poet…

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Mon 15th Dec, 2014 | 4:19pm

Have A 'Safe Xmas' When Donating To Charity

photo by Annie Mole
photo by Annie Mole
Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn is urging residents to give safely to charities this Christmas by remembering the 'Safe Xmas' acronym developed by the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Standards…

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Mon 15th Dec, 2014 | 3:00pm

UK Welcomes International Contributions To Support Efforts To End Ebola In Sierra Leone

children in Sierra Leone - photo Jullen Harnels
children in Sierra Leone - photo Jullen Harnels
The UK has so far pledged £230 million to help the people of Sierra Leone defeat Ebola. This will build 6 treatment centres across the country, provide food and supplies for thousands of…

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Sat 13th Dec, 2014 | 8:00am

Youngsters Sow The Seeds Of Beauty At City Parks

Cllr Mark Dobson & Cllr Jane Dowson with youngsters who took part in the seed gathering project
Cllr Mark Dobson & Cllr Jane Dowson with youngsters who took part in the seed gathering project
Over 450 children have played their part in this year's Leeds City Council seed gathering project.

Youngsters joined staff from the council's parks and countryside team to take part and gather…

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Fri 12th Dec, 2014 | 3:46pm

Justice Minister Meeting With Mohammed Mahdi Ameen Al-Bayati: December 2014

Simon Hughes
Simon Hughes
UK Justice Minister Simon Hughes met with Mohammed Mahdi Ameen Al-Bayati, the Iraqi Minister of Human Rights, in London on 9 December.

The Ministers discussed the current situation in Iraq,…

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Thu 11th Dec, 2014 | 3:46pm

Foreign Secretary Shocked By Death Of Palestinian Minister


Following the death of Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein, the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"I'm shocked by the death of Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein, following clashes between the…

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Wed 10th Dec, 2014 | 10:16pm

Samaritans On Hand Over Christmas

photo - gnuckx
photo - gnuckx
York Samaritans will have volunteers available round the clock over the festive period, providing a safe space for anyone who needs to talk.

Last year, Samaritans received around 244,000 calls…

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Tue 9th Dec, 2014 | 5:00pm

Severe Weather Alert Issued For The North

photo - Sarah
photo - Sarah
The Highways Agency has issued a severe weather alert for gales from 8am on Wednesday 10 December until 9am on Thursday 11 December. Gusts of over 50mph are expected along the coast and over the…

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Mon 8th Dec, 2014 | 10:30pm

Foreign Secretary Statement On Yemen Hostage Deaths

Philip Hammond
Philip Hammond
Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond said:

"My deepest condolences are with the families of both hostages at this time. We utterly condemn al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) for the brutal…

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Sat 6th Dec, 2014 | 8:50pm

102million Le Tour Boost For Yorkshire


The start of this year's Tour de France generated approximately £130million and was watched at the roadside by crowds of 4.8m, the official event impact review released this week reveals.

The…

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Sat 6th Dec, 2014 | 1:42pm

Foreign Secretary Concern At Spain's 'Political Point-Scoring'

Foreign Office
Foreign Office
The Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond has called Foreign Minister Gentiloni of Italy, which currently holds the EU Presidency, to express Britain's concern about the process for agreeing EU…

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Fri 5th Dec, 2014 | 4:54pm

UK And Republic Of Korea Hold First Strategic Talks In London

Philip Hammond - Foreign Secretary
Philip Hammond - Foreign Secretary
As well as discussing international issues such as security, trade and climate change, Ministers also agreed that the UK and ROK would do more to help each other when dealing with consular…

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Thu 4th Dec, 2014 | 3:36pm

Foreign Secretary Welcomes Baghdad-Erbil Agreement


The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"I very much welcome the agreement on 2 December between the Federal Government of Iraq, led by Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi, and the Kurdistan…

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Wed 3rd Dec, 2014 | 6:40pm

Penistone FM Moves Up!


Penistone FM has signed a 5 year lease for Suite 7 in the new prestigious Penistone 1 Development adjacent to the Market Barn. This exciting development and move has been made partly possible…

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Wed 3rd Dec, 2014 | 2:51pm

York Celebrates Securing UNESCO City Of Media Arts Accolade

York City of Media Arts light grafitti - December 2014
York City of Media Arts light grafitti - December 2014
The city of York is this week celebrating receiving one of the world's most sought-after accolades, welcoming the news that UNESCO has designated York a City of Media Arts.

"This clearly flies the…

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Wed 3rd Dec, 2014 | 8:00am

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