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Thousands raised for rugby player who died of heart attack

Thousands of pounds have been raised for the family of a rugby league player from Leeds who died after a suspected heart attack whilst playing last weekend.

Dave Batchelor

Leeds Masters player Dave Batchelor from Farsley had answered a call to play for Halifax team Boothtown Terriers, who were short of players last Sunday. He later collapsed on the pitch.

His friend Mark Gordon has since set up a fundraising page which has so far raised over £2,000.


Man tries to abduct 11-year-old girl in Leeds

Police are appealing for information after a man tried to abduct an 11-year-old girl in Leeds.

Did you see the incident on Beeston road? Credit: ITV News

The girl was about to cross the road at traffic lights on Beeston Road when a car pulled up to her.

The driver then grabbed her before letting go when she screamed.

A 36-year-old man has been arrested for attempted kidnap.

Bus drivers to go on strike in Huddersfield

There will be a reduced bus service in Huddersfield tomorrow as some drivers take part in industrial action.

First Bus Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

First Bus will run a special timetable between 7.30am and 18.15pm on many routes, which could see some services cancelled altogether, as members of Unite trade union go on strike.

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Passengers hurt in North Yorkshire bus crash

Two buses have collided with each other in rural North Yorkshire.

It happened at 11.20am (Sunday) on the A19 between Easingwold and Thirsk.

Police say around 80 passengers were on board the two buses, which had both set off from Durham.

Some have been treated at the scene for minor injuries. There were no fatalities.

The road is closed and diversions are in place between Sessay and Tollerton.

The cause of the crash has not been established.


Dangerous sex offender last seen in Doncaster

A dangerous sex offender who absconded from a mental health hospital in Bradford is now believed to be in Doncaster.

Elwin Cuffy escaped from Cygnet Hospital Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Elwin Cuffy is believed to have been sighted in Doncaster Town Centre at around 5pm yesterday.

South Yorkshire Police is now working alongside West Yorkshire Police to trace him after he absconded from Cygnet Hospital in Bierley yesterday.

Mr Cuffy has mental health issues and could pose a risk to himself or others. We would urge anyone who sees him to not approach him but to contact police immediately.

– Superintendent Paul McCurry, leading the South Yorkshire investigation

1200 trees planted to mark national tree week

Over 50 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) from Yorkshire have been braving the cold weather to join White Rose forest members to plant 1200 trees alongside local communities as a display of unity as part of National Tree Week.

The planting is to mark national tree week Credit: AMYA UK

Over six years AMYA UK has planted over 150,000 trees across the country to date.

Despite the cold weather we had a pleasant and friendly session with members of White Rose Forest and local communities. We are committed to doing our bit to improve the environment and beautify the local communities we live in. It is a cause close to our hearts because Islam places enormous emphasis on taking care of the environment and particularly on the planting of trees.

– Nadeem Ahmed, Regional Youth Leader of AMYA Yorkshire

Man escapes from mental health hospital

A man has absconded from a mental health hospital in Bradford.

Have you seen Elwin Cuffy? Credit: West Yorkshire Police

49-year-old Elwin Cuffy was last seen at 3.55pm on Saturday at Cygnet Hospital in Bierley Lane.

He is described as black, 5ft 9ins tall, of medium build, with dreadlocks to the back of the head and a beard and moustache. He was last seen wearing a black and white T-shirt, black jacket, black jeans, black and white trainers.

Mr Cuffy is from Doncaster and has links to Leeds.

Mr Cuffy has mental health issues and could pose a risk to himself or others. We would urge anyone who sees him to not approach him but to contact police immediately.

– Detective Sergeant Craig Mckay, of Bradford District CID
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