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Passengers hurt in North Yorkshire bus crash

Two buses have collided with each other in rural North Yorkshire.

It happened at 11.20am (Sunday) on the A19 between Easingwold and Thirsk.

Police say around 80 passengers were on board the two buses, which had both set off from Durham.

Some have been treated at the scene for minor injuries. There were no fatalities.

The road is closed and diversions are in place between Sessay and Tollerton.

The cause of the crash has not been established.

Dangerous sex offender last seen in Doncaster

A dangerous sex offender who absconded from a mental health hospital in Bradford is now believed to be in Doncaster.

Elwin Cuffy escaped from Cygnet Hospital Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Elwin Cuffy is believed to have been sighted in Doncaster Town Centre at around 5pm yesterday.

South Yorkshire Police is now working alongside West Yorkshire Police to trace him after he absconded from Cygnet Hospital in Bierley yesterday.

Mr Cuffy has mental health issues and could pose a risk to himself or others. We would urge anyone who sees him to not approach him but to contact police immediately.

– Superintendent Paul McCurry, leading the South Yorkshire investigation


1200 trees planted to mark national tree week

Over 50 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) from Yorkshire have been braving the cold weather to join White Rose forest members to plant 1200 trees alongside local communities as a display of unity as part of National Tree Week.

The planting is to mark national tree week Credit: AMYA UK

Over six years AMYA UK has planted over 150,000 trees across the country to date.

Despite the cold weather we had a pleasant and friendly session with members of White Rose Forest and local communities. We are committed to doing our bit to improve the environment and beautify the local communities we live in. It is a cause close to our hearts because Islam places enormous emphasis on taking care of the environment and particularly on the planting of trees.

– Nadeem Ahmed, Regional Youth Leader of AMYA Yorkshire

Man escapes from mental health hospital

A man has absconded from a mental health hospital in Bradford.

Have you seen Elwin Cuffy? Credit: West Yorkshire Police

49-year-old Elwin Cuffy was last seen at 3.55pm on Saturday at Cygnet Hospital in Bierley Lane.

He is described as black, 5ft 9ins tall, of medium build, with dreadlocks to the back of the head and a beard and moustache. He was last seen wearing a black and white T-shirt, black jacket, black jeans, black and white trainers.

Mr Cuffy is from Doncaster and has links to Leeds.

Mr Cuffy has mental health issues and could pose a risk to himself or others. We would urge anyone who sees him to not approach him but to contact police immediately.

– Detective Sergeant Craig Mckay, of Bradford District CID

Chesterfield sack Saunders

Dean Saunders had only been in charge for six months Credit: PA

Chesterfield have sacked manager Dean Saunders.

The former Doncaster Rovers boss only appointed in May, but the club are 16th in the table after Saturday's 4-0 home defeat by Swindon Town.

The Welshman lost 11 of his 20 league games in charge, and the Spireites are only four points above the relegation zone.

The club thanked Saunders for his efforts and added:

We will not be rushed into making a decision on a new manager.

– Chesterfield chairman Dave Allen


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Jamie Vardy breaks Premier League goalscoring record

Vardy is in amazing form. Credit: PA

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has broken Ruud Van Nistelrooy's Premier League record by scoring for the eleventh match in row.

The England forward opened the scoring against Manchester United in the 24th minute on Saturday to break Ruud van Nistelrooy's 10-game mark, which had stood since 2003.

Vardy struck his goal with a superb finish. Credit: PA

Vardy netted his 14th goal of the season when he latched onto Christian Fuchs' pass and fired in across David De Gea from 12 yards after Kasper Schmeichel had launched a quick break from a United corner.

The 28-year-old's run started with a late penalty in the 1-1 draw at Bournemouth in August and has included braces against Arsenal and Southampton, a winner against Watford and the record-equalling strike at Newcastle last week.

Ruud van Nistelrooy tweeted his congratulations to Jamie Vardy:

Signatures gathered in Sheffield against military action in Syria

Protestors have taken to the streets of Sheffield today opposed to the Prime Minister's plans to win support for a bombing campaign in Syria.

It mirrored similar protests across the country and a large demonstration in London. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has already said he is opposed to any bombing. Martin Fisher has the story.

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