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Book of condolence opens for former MP Denis Healey

A book of condolence has been opened at Leeds Civic Hall for former city MP Denis Healey who passed away last Saturday.

Denis Healey died on Saturday aged 98 Credit: Press Association

Lord Healey represented Leeds South East and following constituency boundary changes Leeds East as a Labour MP for 40 years in total from 1952-1992, and also served in government as Secretary of State for Defence from 1964-1970 and as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1974-1979. Stepping down as an MP in 1992, he received a life peerage as Baron Healey of Riddlesden.

Members of the public are invited to sign the book of condolence at the civic hall, which is located in a room located at the Portland Crescent entrance of the building.

Denis Healey served the city of Leeds as an MP with great distinction for 40 years, and will rightly be remembered as a towering political figure in Britain. The opening of a book of condolence at the civic hall is an opportunity for the people of Leeds to remember and pay their own tributes to his tremendous public service.

– Cllr Judith Blake


Rain closes A1 northbound near Catterick

The A1 motorway near Catterick is closed the northbound due to the heavy rainfall across in the region:

Leeds man's death no longer treated as murder

The death of a man found with serious head injuries in Leeds on Monday night is no longer being treated as murder, say police.

Nicolai Brown died after head injuries following a fall Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Nicolai Brown, aged 27, was found by officers in Back Moorfield Terrace, Armley, after police were called at 9.21pm to reports of a man in distress in the street in neighbouring Moorfield Avenue.

A post mortem examination has now shown he died as a result of a serious skull fracture consistent with a fall.

The 43-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the incident has been released without charge.

The initial circumstances surrounding Mr Brown’s death were very suspicious and it was entirely appropriate that we treated it as a murder investigation.

As a result of comprehensive enquiries into his movements in the time leading up to his death and the results of a full forensic post mortem examination we are now satisfied that his death is not suspicious. A file is being prepared for the Coroner so that an inquest can be held.

Our sympathies are very much with Mr Brown’s family who have been informed of our findings.

– Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen

Pedigree dog killed in Rotherham attack

Police in Rotherham are hunting for the owner of a dog that mauled and another dog in the town.

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Around 7pm on Thursday 1 October a woman was walking her pedigree Schnauzer, near the Ravenfield ponds when an unknown man approached with a lurcher-type dog that was not on a lead.

The lurcher-type dog is believed to have bitten the Schnauzer, killing the animal almost instantly.

The man walking with the other dog did not give his details to the dog owner but provided a telephone number, which later turned out to be false.

The man is believed to have been walking the dog in the area with a woman and three small children under the age of seven.

The owner of the Schnauzer was not injured, but left severely distressed by the incident.

Torrential rain calls off all-Yorkshire cup clash

Bradford City's Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash against Yorkshire rivals, Barnsley, was abandoned five minutes before kick off due to the heavy rain that swept across the country last night.

Match officials ruled that parts of the Valley Parade pitch were left unplayable after the downpour, with the ball neither rolling or bouncing when tested.

Referee, Trevor Kettle, made the decision shortly before 8pm, after the kick off had been delayed in the hope the weather would clear, and that the waterlogged pitch would have a chance to drain.


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