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Leeds MP calls on council to look at accepting refugees

Leeds MP Greg Mulholland has written to Leader of Leeds City Council, Cllr Judith Blake, asking if the council could consider accepting some of the refugees trying to flee Syria.

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In the letter, the MP has said “the UK could and should be doing more to resettle people fleeing the persecution of the Assad regime and the brutality of ISIS.”

He goes on to ask if Cllr Blake “might be willing to consider the role that Leeds City Council can play in offering to resettle some of these refugees”, believing that this “may also encourage other councils around the UK to follow suit, and subsequently encourage ministers to accept some refugees”.

Where the UK can play a role to help, it should, and I hope Leeds will very much be a part of that. That’s why I’ve written to the council, and I do hope it will consider strongly how it can resettle some of the refugees. It might persuade other councils around the country to do likewise, and subsequently encourage ministers to allow some of the refugees into the UK.

– Greg Mulholland MP

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Lincolnshire man who filmed himself kicking a rabbit avoids jail

A Lincolnshire man who drunkenly filmed himself kicking a rabbit has been given a suspended jail sentenced, following an RSPCA investigation.

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Zamuel Mallinson has also been banned from keeping dogs for 10 years after he was found guilty of keeping a Staffordshire bull terrier, a lurcher cross and a patterdale terrier for animal fighting.

The 24-year-old, from St Mary’s Lane, Market Rasen, was investigated by the RSPCA’s special operations unit after he bragged on Facebook about how he used his dogs to fight foxes and badgers.

A search at an address on Edinburgh Road, Brookenby, Lincolnshire, in April last year found his dogs kept in unsuitable conditions and with injuries consistent with animal fights.

On his phone, which was obtained during the search, footage was discovered of Mallinson walking up behind a wild rabbit and kicking the animal like a football.

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Mallinson was found guilty of three offences after a three day trial at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court and sentenced to 12 week custodial sentences, suspended for 12 months, for each offence, to run concurrently.

He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £7,000.

Our investigation was initially focussed on Mallinson keeping his dogs to attack and fight wild animals. However, the footage we discovered on his mobile phone, of him deliberately and unashamedly kicking a wild rabbit, shows his contempt for animals.

– Chief inspector Ian Briggs, RSPCA

Jamie McDonnell prepares to defend his WBA Bantamweight crown

Tomorrow night's bill in Leeds should also have included Doncaster's Gavin McDonnell defending his European Super-Bantamweight title.

But that fight's been postponed so that Gavin can be at ringside in Texas to see his twin brother Jamie defend his own world title on Sunday night.

Jamie puts his WBA Bantamweight crown on the line against Japanese Tomoki Kameda in a rematch of their explosive fight back in May.

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Thousands attend Chatsworth Country Fair

Thousands of visitors have headed to Chatsworth House today, the home of the Duke of Devonshire, for the the 34th country fair at the north Derbyshire stately home.

The three day event is one of the biggest in the country with displays and stalls covering all aspects of rural life from birds of prey to vintage vehicles.

It also brings a big boost for the local economy. Martin Fisher reports.

Bucket of cannabis found in car boot

Police have seized a bucket of cannabis from a couple in North Yorkshire. Officers from North Yorkshire Police stopped a silver Audi at Gate Helmsley and found the cannabis in a bucket in the boot.

The two occupants of the car, a 20-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, both from East Yorkshire, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Both have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

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