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Multi-faith vigil in Bradford for IS hostages

Churches are being urged to join other faith leaders for a multi-faith vigil outside Bradford City Hall this evening for the release of Alan Henning and those being held with him.

Alan Henning Credit: Henning family

The vigil will start at 7pm and will be led by the Area Bishop of Wakefield and acting Area Bishop of Huddersfield, Bishop Tony Robinson and the acting Area Bishop of Bradford, Bishop Tom Butler who are joining other faith leaders from across the communities.

The vigil has been organised by the Pakistan Club - a group of professional people who are working to build bridges between faiths.

We pray that God will bring him and others safely to their families. Our aim is to show our concern and solidarity with the family so they know they are not alone in this. We are all with them in our thoughts and prayers, and totally condemn the action of Islamic State.

– Yaqub Masih, Vice Chairman of Pakistan Club

Alan Henning, a taxi driver from Eccles in Salford was captured by IS militants while delivering aid to Syria.

IS militants issued a threat to kill the father-of-two in a video released on 13 September which also showed the killing of another British man, David Haines.

Apple-growers invite visitors to sample bumper crop

Beningborough Hall in North Yorkshire is celebrating a bumper harvest of apples with a fortnight of fruit-inspired activities for visitors.

The award-winning National Trust property grows dozens of varieties of apples within its walled gardens.

It is inviting people to come and marvel at this year's crop, as well as enjoy some talks and apple-sampling.

Garderner, Mark Pethullis, says it is an opportunity to see some of the apple varieties they are working hard to preserve:


'Small' fire on Yorkshire Post tower put out by crews

West Yorkshire Fire service says a fire on the Yorkshire Post tower reported by members of the public has now been put out.

A number of motorists noticed the fire as they drove past this evening. But fire crews say it was a small, accidental fire that was quickly dealt with.

The tower is the only remaining structure on the site after the rest of the Yorkshire Post building was demolished.


A64 in Scarborough to be closed for three days

The A64, which is the main route in and out of Scarborough, will be closed completely by the Highways Agency at Rillington from 8pm tomorrow until 6am on Monday.

The closure is to allow essential resurfacing work to take place as the current road surface needs replacing.

Drivers will be diverted via the A169 to Pickering and then on to Scarborough via the A170.

The Highways Agency says this work has to take place over a weekend due to the depth of carriageway which needs to be resurfaced.

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