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Woman rescued from burning house

Firefighters have this evening rescued a woman from the first floor of a burning house in Sheffield. The woman was trapped in the house, in Whiteways Road, and was given survival guidance by an operator until firefighters rescued her using a ladder. She was taken to hospital where her condition is not thought to be serious.

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Hundreds of classmates say goodbye to Arpad

The funeral of another of the five teenagers killed in a crash in South Yorkshire has been held in Doncaster. Hundreds of classmates from Danum School were at the service for 18-year-old Arpad Kore at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. There were so many mourners that roads were closed off in the Armthorpe Road area of the town. David Hirst reports.

Four-year-old boy urges people to give blood over festive period

A four year old boy whose life was saved by blood donors, is calling on people to make a very special gift this Christmas time.

Joseph Mayman from Leeds is recovering from a rare form of childhood cancer, but his mum says he might not have been here to celebrate the festivities if people hadn't given blood.

Twelve thousand donations will be needed over Christmas and New year, but stock must be replenished if supply is to meet demand.

Victoria Whittam reports.

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Tranmere chairman claims to have rejected approach for Ched Evans talks

Tranmere chairman Mark Palios claims to have turned down an approach from associates of Ched Evans' about the possibility of the convicted rapist playing for the club.

Tranmere chairman claims to have rejected approach for Ched Evans talks Credit: Press Association

Palios said he had twice been contacted by people on behalf of Evans about possible talks but refused to pursue the idea.

Evans, 25, wants to return to football after being released from prison last month. He served two and a half years of a five-year sentence after being found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman in 2011.

Evans continues to protest his innocence and has lodged an appeal with the Criminal Case Review Commission.

He was initially given permission by former club Sheffield United to return to train with the club at the request of players' union, the Professional Footballers Association.

But following a backlash from Blades supporters, sponsors and patrons opposed to Evans' return - 160,000 people signed a petition against it - the club retracted its offer last week.

Palios, former chief executive of the Football Association, and wife Nicola took control at Tranmere in August.

He said in a statement released to the Liverpool Echo:

Tranmere has not been approached by Ched Evans or his management team to discuss him joining the club. However, on two occasions persons with a connection with Ched Evans offered to facilitate a discussion if I wished to pursue that. I strongly believe in the general principle that people have a right to rehabilitation after serving a sentence for a crime. However, I also take the view that whether any particular club would wish to employ someone who has been convicted of a very serious crime is a subjective decision for the club to take after considering all the circumstances, and that there is no simple right or wrong answer. Nicola and I are trying to re-establish the brand of Tranmere as a family-friendly club and bringing Ched Evans in would clearly have alienated a significant number of supporters. It would also have inevitably embroiled the club in much controversy and distraction, at a time when we need to keep a complete focus on rebuilding the club and setting firm foundations for the future. I therefore took the view that it would not be in the best interests of the club to seek a dialogue with Mr Evans, notwithstanding his undoubted footballing talents. Neither I nor the club will be making any further comment on this matter."

– Mark Palios, Tranmere chairman

Tranmere allowed Clayton McDonald, who was acquitted of rape when tried alongside Evans, to join the club on non-contract terms earlier in the season, but he was released after just one appearance.

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New carpets, new seat covers, faster trains - Virgin Group outlines benefits

The Director of Corporate Affairs for the Virgin Group Richard Scott has outlined the benefits which will come from the new east coast train franchise.

He says it will mean faster journeys in refurbished trains. And you'll be abe to order food from your seat with a new phone app, he says.

For Richard Scott's full comments click below.

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Karl McCartney 'writing to Twitter over security concerns'

Tory MP Karl McCartney insists he has never favourited any tweets and says he will be writing to Twitter to express concern over the security of his account.

A political opponent earlier highlighted that his Twitter account had favourited an explicit pornographic image.

In a statement to ITV News, he said:

It was brought to my attention earlier today by a number of people that a Twitter post from Lincoln Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate showed a pornographic tweet and around 50 other random tweets had been ‘favourited’ on my Twitter account from the past four years.

I have removed all ‘favourites’ from my account, I have reset my password and those who follow me regularly on Twitter will know that I have never been into the practice of favouriting tweets or images in my 6-7 years on Twitter and stick to posting or retweeting in the main (25k+) including at times images of interesting cars I see whilst out campaigning.

I am writing today to Twitter to express my concern that six months from a General Election the security of Twitter accounts needs to be able to stand up to any malicious and salacious attempts to embarrass the account holder, I will await their reply with interest.

– Karl McCartney
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