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Appeal for witnesses after racially aggravated incident

Police in Grimsby have appealed for witnesses after a racially aggravated incident at Luxemore Services.

The incident happened between 1530 and 1630 on Sunday 1 March.

A customer is alleged to have become involved in a disagreement with a cashier in the service station.

In the course of the disagreement some abusive remarks of a racial nature were said to have been made to the cashier.

Other customers were in the store at the time and police would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident.

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Woman sentenced for attempting to smuggle 55,000 cigarettes

A woman from West Yorkshire has been sentenced for attempting to smuggle 55,000 cigarettes.

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Shantaz Bi, 42, from Dewsbury, wrapped the packets in tin foil to hide them.

She has been sentenced to six months, suspended for two years after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Ms Bi was stopped by officers from the UK Border Force (UKBF) at Birmingham Airport on her arrival from Pakistan in September 2014.

A search of her eight suitcases revealed the non UK-duty paid cigarettes, worth an estimated £13,000 in lost duty and taxes.

Daughter of cycling star to ride in Tour de Yorkshire women's event

The daughter of cycling great Beryl Burton is set to ride in the Tour de Yorkshire Ride Cycletta, a mass participation cycle ride for women along the route of the Tour de Yorkshire.

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Denise Burton-Cole will take on the 50km sportive on Sunday 3rd May.

She rode alongside her mother for Great Britain in the 1972 World Championship and won bronze in the 1975 World Individual Pursuit Championship.

I am absolutely delighted to be taking part in this event. It is fantastic for Yorkshire to have an international cycle race and for a mass participation women’s event to run alongside it on the last day is terrific. I can’t wait to be part of it.

– Denise Burton-Cole

Nearly 300 women have already signed up for to ride in the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Cycletta Ride.

It is great to have Denise in the Tour de Yorkshire Cycletta Ride. Denise was inspired by her mother to take up cycling and went on to become a medal winner and now Denise is inspiring other women to take up the sport.

– Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire

Zayn Malik: The band has been really supportive

Zayn Malik has denied that there has been any negativity between him and the rest of the band, before or after he made his decision to quit One Direction.

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And he insists he did not compare his situation to that of Robbie Williams who left Take That in 1995 due to ill-feeling among the group.

"My band has been really supportive", he told The Sun.

Malik revealed that the rest of the band, Harry Styles, 21, Louis Tomlinson, 23, Niall Horan, 21, and Liam Payne, 21, are keen to keep going as One Direction.

I still want them to do it for a while ... I think they're going to do OK for a while. I think they're going to be cool.

– Zayn Malik

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Top Gear producer does not want to press charges

Oisin Tymon, the Top Gear producer punched by Jeremy Clarkson during a row over food, has told North Yorkshire Police he does not want to press charges, his lawyer Paul Daniels has said.

Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon. Credit: Press Association.

The events of the last few weeks have been extremely unpleasant for everyone involved. The matter has taken a great toll on Oisin, his family and his friends.

Quite simply, Mr Tymon just wishes to return now to the job at the BBC he loves, as soon as possible. Further, the BBC have, in his view, taken action with a view to addressing the issues at hand.

Mr Tymon agrees with the BBC's stated view that all parties should now be allowed to move on, so far as possible.

– Paul Daniels, lawyer for Oisin Tymon

North Yorkshire Police said they are still investigating the incident. A spokesman said: "Inquiries are ongoing."

Sir Patrick Stewart to step down as Chancellor of Huddersfield University

Sir Patrick Stewart has announced he will step down as Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield.

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The actor, born in Mirfield, has held the position at the institution for 12 years.

He regularly presided over events such as graduation ceremonies, often leading processions through the streets, wearing his Chancellor’s robes. He also met large numbers of students and staff and acted as an overseas ambassador for the University of Huddersfield during his travels and on official visits to destinations, such as Hong Kong and China.

It is expected that Sir Patrick will step down as Chancellor after this summer’s graduation ceremonies, but as yet there is no news of a successor.

I am extremely proud of the University of Huddersfield and all it has achieved. Although I am standing down from my role as Chancellor you can be sure I will still be taking every opportunity to talk about the University and I look forward to continuing to meet Huddersfield graduates around the world.

– Sir Patrick Stewart

PM denies Lincolnshire Police is on 'verge of collapse'

Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed a claim that Lincolnshire Police is on the "verge of collapse".

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The PM referred to Lincolnshire when he was asked a question about funding for police forces during a live TV interview ahead of May's General Election.

A member of the audience quoted Chief Constable Neil Rhodes who said the force was on the "verge of collapse."

In his reply, Mr Cameron said: "I do not accept that. I understand they are under pressure."

When it comes to Lincolnshire, crime has come down, the police are doing a great job but there is more we can do using modern technology to make sure crime continues to fall under this Government and if we do that we will be saving money as well.

– David Cameron

He was speaking during Cameron and Miliband: The battle for No 10 begins, on Channel 4 last night.

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