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Claudia Lawrence's mother: I just want to know what's happened to her

The mother of missing York chef Claudia Lawrence is appealing to businesses, friends and family to include a picture of her in every Christmas card they send. Joan Lawrence has also asked for people to take a fresh look at pictures of her daughter, who she thinks may look very different to the images which the police issued when she disappeared. Frazer Maude reports.

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Charges against South Yorkshire Freedom Riders dropped

Charges have been dropped against the two South Yorkshire freedom riders who were arrested at Sheffield railway station in June this year. The freedom riders have carried out a long-running campaign for the reversal of cuts in travel passes for older people and disabled people. They organised mass protests where they travelled without tickets between the South Yorkshire towns. Tony Nuttall and GeorgeArthur were arrested at Sheffield Midland station on 23rd June. Tony Nuttall was charged with obstructing a police officer and George Arthur with obstruction and fare evasion. However, the Crown Prosecution Service has now withdrawn the charges.

This is another win for the freedom riders in our on-going battle. We won round one in June when we got back free travel for disabled people and half-price on the train for older people. Now we have won round two. Round three is coming up and we intend to keep on fighting as hard as we can.”

– Tony Nuttall

Appeal after elderly man knocked down in Skipton

Skipton police are appealing for information to find the driver of a car which hit an 89-year-old man and drove off without stopping. The elderly pedestrian, who uses a walking stick, was crossing the High Street when he was hit by a grey car which failed to stop. It drove off in the direction of Skipton Castle. Police are asking the driver of the car to make contact with them and to anyone else who can either identify the driver or who witnessed the collision to come forward. The elderly man suffered serious injuries and after being treated at the scene, he was taken to Leeds General Infirmary by ambulance.

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Mother leads Christmas appeal for missing Claudia

The mother of missing York chef Claudia Lawrence is appealing to businesses, friends and family to include a picture of her in every Christmas card they send.

Joan Lawrence says the picture of Claudia with dark hair shows how she thinks her daughter is most likely to look.

The image police issued at the time of her disappearance over five years ago shows her with blonde hair.

Leeds Utd footballers among mourners at crash funeral

Leeds United footballers were among the mourners at a funeral service in Doncaster today for 16-year-old Blake Cairns - one of five teenagers killed in the car crash in Consibrough almost two weeks ago. Around 1200 people attended the funeral - the fourth this week for the victims of the tragedy, David Hirst reports.

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