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Candlelit vigil for Pakistan massacre victims

A candlelit vigil will be held in Bradford's city park tonight to show support for the families of the children killed by terrorists at a school in Pakistan. Schools across the city will hold a minute's silence tomorrow to remember the 148 people, mainly children, who lost their lives in the attack. Here's Bradford councillor Khadim Hussain Bradford Councillor

Child abuse charges stretched over 40 years

It has been revealed that Jimmy Savile and a former Mayor of Scarborough could have faced child abuse charges stretching over 40 years if they had both still been alive today.

North Yorkshire police has apologised to 35 possible victims of Savile and Peter Jaconelli because officers missed opportunites to investigate them. Chris Kiddey reports.


Steve Thompson to join Leeds United

Leeds United have confirmed the appointment of Steve Thompson as the club's new assistant head coach. He joins Neil Redfearn’s backroom staff with immediate effect after signing a contract until the end of the season, with the option of a further year.

Steven Thomspon and Neil Redfearn Credit: Leeds United

Thompson arrives at Elland Road from Huddersfield Town, where he was first-team coach under Chris Powell after initially assisting Mark Robins earlier this season. United say he will be assisting on all first team matters, with his first game in the dug-out coming away to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Thompson and Redfearn have known each other for over 30 years, having both started their professional careers together at Bolton Wanderers back in 1982.

The 50-year-old brings a wealth of experience having made over 650 senior appearances in a 20-year playing career before beginning his coaching career in 2005 with Blackpool as Head of the Youth Department.

Four more years in jail for victim threat burglar

A convicted burglar has been sentenced to an additional four years in prison after he was found guilty of sending threats to the victim of his crime.

Four more years for Ashley Keast

Ashley Keast, who's 26 ,was serving a 32 month prison sentence, after being found guilty in March this year of committing a burglary in Rotherham.

Keast was caught by police after he sent a selfie boasting of his crime, using a SIM card he had just stolen. This photo was received by a number of the victims contacts, who were then able to alert the police.

Keast has now been found guilty of threats to kill, witness intimidation and attempting to pervert the course of justice, after he organised for a threatening letter to be sent to the victim of the burglary. He was sentenced to an additional four years in prison at Sheffield Crown Court, to be completed after his original burglary conviction.

The judge described the crime as despicable, commenting that his actions have resulted in months of suffering for the victim.

PC Adam Broughton, investigating officer in the case, said: "Following the original conviction for burglary, the victim in this case felt that justice had been done. Unfortunately, this was not the end of the ordeal. The safety and wellbeing of any victim of crime is our main priority and this sentence reflects the seriousness of threats, intimidation and attempts by anyone to pervert the course of justice."


Man jailed for knifepoint robbery in Lincoln

A man's been sentenced to five and a half years in jail for the knifepoint robbery of a teenager. Lee Bellamy followed his 18-year-old victim in Newport, Lincoln, on a bike and threatened to kill him if he did not hand over his wallet and phone, in July last year.

Lee Bellamy

Bellamy, of Cecil Street, in Lincoln, was identified with the help of cctv and arrested and charged the next day. He denied robbery and possession of a knife but was convicted by a jury at Lincoln Crown Court.

Severed hand grandfather thanks medics

A grandfather who severed his hand at the wrist while making a Wendy house for his grandchildren has thanked medics after they saved his life, and his hand.

Stan Smith, who's 60, and from Willerby in East Yorkshire, got the sleeve of a loose-fitting jumper caught in a chop saw as he worked in his back garden on the gift for the grandchildren aged four and six.

The rotating blade cut his left hand clean off and he could have bled to death if he had fainted. But he calmly walked into his home, and his wife Gail went out to pick up his hand.

After 12 hours of plastic surgery, the limb was successfully reattached and Mr Smith has regained 70% of its use. He is back at the DIY and is even building an extension, although he is yet to finish the Wendy house after last year's accident.

He said: "When I had the accident, I didn't panic, even though I felt terrible about the fact that I'd lost my hand and I thought that I'd never be able to use it again. I put pressure on the artery to stop the bleeding as far as I could. Strangely enough, I was incredibly calm throughout and managed to walk back to the house to ask my wife to call an ambulance."

Mr Smith said he was "incredibly grateful' to the ambulance team, to Mr Platt the surgeon, and to everyone who cared for himat Hull Royal Infirmary.

"Thanks to them, within three months, I could drive my car again. I work teaching electrical engineering and can still do most of the things I used to do."

Todmorden recycling centre to re-open for Xmas

The Todmorden waste recycling centre completely razed by a disgruntled council contractor in July is to open in time for Christmas.

Trevor Lewis snapped when he suffered a painful knee injury and embarked on a wrecking spree at the tip where he worked causing damage running to £220,000. His moment of madness resulted in him being jailed for three years in September.

Jailed: Trevor Lewis

The repair cost was met by SITA UK’s insurers, meaning that there was no cost to Calderdale council or council tax payers.

The site is expected to reopen to the public on December 23rd between 9am and 4pm from Monday to Saturday and between 10am and 4pm on Sunday.

SITA UK Regional Manager, Julie Craigie said:

“I would like to thank local residents for their patience during the closure of the site and for their continued commitment to recycling during this difficult period. Now that the site is to be open once again, we look forward to welcoming people back and helping Calderdale’s residents put their waste to good use.”

Damage at the tip
July 2014

Missing man may be in Hebden Bridge

Police searching for a man missing from his home in Birmingham believe he may have travelled to Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire.

Missing: Steven Overton

The 55-year-old gardener was reported missing by his mother on December 11th. The last known sighting of Mr Overton was driving his distinctive brown Vauxhall Astra 51 plate on the M5 southbound near to junction 4a, but police now believe he could later have headed towards the Yorkshire town.

Mr Overton's distinctive car
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