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Straw fire may have been started deliberately

It is believed a huge fire which destroyed thirteen thousand bales of straw at a storage site in Linconshire was started deliberately.

Three children have been arrested after the fire which is still burning more than twenty four hours after it broke out.

The straw was for use at the nearby Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant which only started its commercial operations a month ago.

Martin Fisher reports:

Clegg hails Sheffields jobs boom

Nick Clegg has welcomed news that 7,000 people have found employment in the last three months in Sheffield.

Clegg hails Sheffield jobs boom Credit: Press Association

Latest ONS figures show that 25,000 people have found jobs since 2010 and the number of people on Jobseeker's Allowance has fallen by over 4,000 since May 2010.

Rather than experiencing a ‘post-Soviet meltdown’ as local Labour MPs predicted, we are experiencing a post-Labour jobs boom.

What’s particularly encouraging is that our great northern powerhouses like Sheffield are leading this economic recovery - seeing huge improvements in our local infrastructure, more investment available for local businesses to expand and support for taking on record numbers of apprentices.

– Nick Clegg

Seriously ill children take trip of lifetime 'dreamflight'

It has been described as the trip of a lifetime for children with serious illnesses and disabilities. Every year, the charity Dreamflight takes nearly two hundred 8 to 14-year-olds to Florida, where they visit theme parks, meet Disney characters and even go swimming with dolphins.

A number of children are from Yorkshire, travelling from Wakefield, Barnsley, Sheffield and Huddersfield. They flew out this weekend, and reporter Lauren Hall was there to wave them off.

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Rotherham: "we mustn't forget that the criminals are the perpetrators"

A campaign group which has passed on damning evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee, Parents Against Sexual Exploitation or PACE say they were ignored for many years by both Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police when they tried to tell them about the abuse that was going on in Rotherham.

Worse still, a key report which had been produced by a Home Office researcher went missing before it was presented to councillors some years ago.

Understandably, the Select Committee wants answers and says the public will look upon this as a deliberate cover-up.

Now - PACE are saying they have named names - and it's not just those people who've already resigned like the Police Commissioner Shaun Wright or Rotherham Council's head of children's services Joyce Thacker.

PACE said today we should never lose sight of what that report was about.

New jobs as superfast broadband network expands

Thirty jobs have been created in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire as more households take advantage of superfast broadband.

Since the spring, one hundred and ten new recruits have taken up new posts in Yorkshire Credit: Pre

BT has expanded its recruitment programme for its local network business, Openreach.

Since the spring, one hundred and ten new recruits have taken up new posts in Yorkshire.

New employees will connect new housing developments and help maintain and repair the network.

16-year old wins Stephen Sutton fundraising award

Sixteen year old Jack Marshall of Belton near Doncaster has become the first winner of an award named in honour of the late young fundraiser Stephen Sutton.

Jack Marshall from Doncaster has won an award for his fundraising efforts Credit: ITV News

Jack who was born with Moebius Syndrome - a rare condition leaving him blind in one eye and unable to balance - received his award at the Radio One Teen awards in front of a star studded crowd at Wembley. Jack has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charities despite his difficulties.

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