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Appeal for Thailand murder suspects' defence costs

An appeal has been launched to raise £46,000 to pay for the defence costs of two migrant workers accused of murdering Leeds University student David Miller and fellow British packpacker Hannah Witheridge in Thailand last September.

Murdered in Thailand

Their bodies were found on a beach on the holiday island of Koh Tao. Two Burmese bar workers have been charged with their murder but their trial has been delayed until July. The Migrant Workers Rights Network say they have launched the appeal to raise sufficient funds to ensure a fair trial for the pair.


Appeal launched for injured Hero

Pink bandages for Hero Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Hull Animal Welfare Trust has launched an appeal to raise £2,000 to care for a injured dog believed to have been used as bait in dog-fighting

The five-month-old French bulldog and pug cross, which they have named Hero, was found injured and abandoned in Pearson Park, West Hull, by a council dog warden. Injuries to his feet and legs were so severe he has been forced to wear bandages since and he's due to have an operation later this week to try to repair the damage.

Man dies in fall from Leeds flats

A man has died in a fall from a block of flats in Leeds.

Police were already making enquiries at a thirteenth floor flat at Wortley Heights at around 4 am in relation to a domestic assault, when a member of the public reported that a man had fallen.

A man's body was found outside the flats and has yet to be formally identified. A woman was treated at hospital and later released.

Detective Superintendent Pat Twiggs said: "Our investigation into this incident is at a very early stage and we are making a referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. We are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed this incident or the circumstances leading up to it in the previous twenty four hours."

Earthquake felt as far away as Keighley

The British Geological Survey have mapped hundreds of reports from people who felt the 3.8 magnitude earthquake - with claims it was even felt as far away as West Yorkshire.

It's appealing for more to add to it's data log, and the organisation is appealing for people to get in touch if they felt the tremor.

The epicentre was close to Cottesmore in Rutland, with people there saying they felt a big rumble at 10:25pm. But, as the BGS map shows, it was felt as far away as Keighley and Halifx in West Yorkshire and Luton in the South.


Judge came to "entirely right decision"

A panel of three judges at the Court of Appeal in London, headed by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, rejected Will Cornick's appeal against the minimum term, saying that on the "disturbing" facts of the case, the sentencing judge came to "entirely the right decision".

When sentenced at Leeds Crown Court last November, Mr Justice Coulson told Cornick, who was 15 at the time of the killing, that he must serve at least 20 years before he was eligible to seek parole but warned him: "It's quite possible that day may never come."

BT Sport's response to Bantam's broadcast row

We aim to cover the teams and stories that appeal to as wide a number of fans as possible while staying true to the traditions of the competition. Fixture selection is a complex process involving multiple parties including broadcasters, clubs, the FA and local authorities. Whilst we are unable to show that game, we wish all teams including Bradford City the very best of luck in their FA Cup fifth round matches.

– BT Sport

Broadcasters urged to screen Bradford's FA Cup game

Chairman Mark Lawn Credit: PA

Sports minister Helen Grant has been urged to intervene to persuade broadcasters to screen the next step of Bradford's FA Cup adventure.

The Bantams caused one of the biggest shocks in FA Cup history after they fought back from 2-0 down to beat Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge in the fourth round last weekend.

But the Sky Bet League One side's fifth-round home tie with either Sunderland or Fulham has not been selected as one of the live games to be shown by the BBC or BT Sport.

The decision has been slammed by City's joint chairman Mark Lawn and the club's official website has this:

"Despite Phil Parkinson's men currently being the top scorers in the F.A Cup this season and the talk of a nation following their stunning victory over Chelsea in the previous round, City's match against Sunderland or Fulham will be one of only three ties not to be televised."

Now Bradford West MP George Galloway has now raised the snub in Parliament saying the decision by the BBC and BT Sport "betrays a fundamental lack of knowledge about football" and also about what viewers want to see. He has asked Ms Grant to "impress on broadcasters the error of this decision" and attempt to persuade them to change it.

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