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Specialists brought in to recover helicopter wreckage

Specialist equipment has been brought in to recover the wreckage of a helicopter which crashed off the East Yorkshire coast, killing the two men on board.

The remains of the aircraft, which came down near Flamborough lighthouse yesterday afternoon is trapped in a cutting under the cliff.

Witnesses described a cracking sound moments before the helicopter ditched into the sea.

Air Accident Investigators are on the scene as the recovery operation continues this lunchtime and locals are still reeling after the the deaths:

Police appeal for missing 14-year-old

Police are appealing for help in locating a 14 year-old boy who has been reported missing.

Bradley Wells has been missing since 11 September

Bradley Wells, who is originally from Barton, was living in Scunthorpe at the time his went missing. He was last seen inScunthorpe at 1pm on Thursday 11 September.

He is described as white; around 5ft 8ins tall, clean shaven with short, curly mousy coloured hair.

Bradley was last seen wearing a grey Adidas track suit with matching zip-up hoody. Bradley is believed to be in the Grimsby area and police are urging him to contact them.

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Deputy PM calls for abolition of Police and Crime Commissioners

The deputy Prime Minister is calling for the abolition of the role of Police and Crime Commissioners.

He was speaking following the resignation yesterday of South Yorkshire PCC Shaun Wright after weeks of pressure following the publication of a report into child sex abuse in Rotherham.

A date for the election of a new commissioner will be announced in due course after discussions with the Home Office:

Longest bar in Europe opens at York Beer Festival

The longest bar in Europe - all 266 feet of it - is being prepared for the opening of the York Beer and Cider Festival at York Racecourse tonight

York Beer Festival preparing to open

Welcome to Yorkshire supremo Gary Verity will be on hand to officially open the event which boasts over 450 real ales and 100 ciders.

Most of Yorkshire's 150 breweries are expected to be represented at the four day event.

Man suffers serious injuries in dog attack

A man is in hospital with serious injuries after being attacked by two American Pit Bulls in Bradford.

Police say they were called to Buttershaw Drive at 7.30am today.

Officers say they secured the two Pit Bulls which were taken away along with a Red Nosed Pit Bull by specialist officers.

Two men are being questioned in connection with the attack and police are appealing for anyone else who saw the incident to contact them.

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Man arrested over serious sexual assault in Leeds

A man has been arrested by detectives investigating a serious sexual assault on a woman in Leeds.

Man arrested over serious sexual assault in Leeds

The 20-year-old man, from Leeds, was arrested yesterday in connection the incident which happened in the Crown Street car park at the rear of the Corn Exchange in the city centre in the early hours of Saturday, 6 September.

He is currently in custody.

Region's unemployment figures revealed

Unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber fell by 25,000 in the three months to July, official figures have revealed.

Unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber fell by 25,000 in the three months to July, official figures have revealed. Credit: Press Association

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that a total of 203,000 people were unemployed in the region between May and July.

The region's unemployment rate was 7.3% and saw a fall of 11% during the period. The worst area in the UK was the South West which recorded a 17,000 increase in the number of people without a job.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has fallen below one million for the first time in six years, new figures showed.

The claimant count fell for the 22nd month in a row in July by 37,200 to 966,500, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is the first time the figure has been below one million since September 2008.

The Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith says getting people in to work gives them a better chance:

The jobless total was 2.02 million in the quarter to July, down by 146,000 on February to April, giving a lower-than-expected unemployment rate of 6.2%.

Analysts had forecast an unemployment rate of 6.3%.

The jobless total is now 468,000 fewer than a year earlier, the largest annual fall in unemployment since 1988.

Average earnings including bonuses rose by 0.6% in the year to July, while average earnings excluding bonuses were 0.7% higher.

There are now 30.61 million people in work, 74,000 more than February to April, the smallest quarterly increase since April to June 2013.

The Chancellor added that unemployment in Scotland was down to 6%, below the UK average.

Despite a steady two-year easing of unemployment with record numbers in work, the rise in average earnings is still a long way short of the pace of inflation at 1.5%.

The Bank of England halved its forecast for average wage growth last month, saying it now expects average salaries to rise by 1.25% this year.

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