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Halloween 'monster' prank shocks shoppers

Shoppers were given a fright when they spotted a fanged monster on the blood drenched roof of Trinity Leeds shopping centre.

Halloween prankster on glass dome of mall Credit: Ross Parry

The mystery intruder was spotted after recent reports suggested you are most likely to spot a werewolf in the North.

The elaborate Halloween prank got shoppers' attention and many were impressed with the scale of the stunt.

The 'monster' on a blood-splattered roof Credit: Ross Parry

The security guard spotted the Halloween prankster after he saw the shadow on the roof.

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Police seek information after razorblade theft

Police are searching for the men pictured in CCTV images in connection to an enquiry.

Officers would like to speak to the men pictured in the CCTV images Credit: Police photo

Two men fled from a Co-op in Market Deeping with a quantity of Gillette razor blades around midday on 24th October.

They had filled up their basket with a variety of goods and were spotted acting suspiciously by staff in before they ran away.

Officers would like to speak to the men pictured in the CCTV images to see if they can assist with the enquiry.

Anyone with information should contact police.

Labour fire spokesperson: Strike position is 'deeply disappointing'

It is deeply disappointing that we have got to this position, but it seems clear the Government is set on escalating this dispute. Formally tabling changes to firefighters' pensions in Parliament this week was a deliberately provocative action at a time when all sides should be focused on negotiating.

The Government's own evidence clearly shows that the physical strain of a firefighter's work means they are unlikely to be able to work beyond 55. It is therefore unsurprising that the Government's plans to make firefighters work until they're 60 or have their pension cut has little support.<

Whilst the public will rightly be concerned about the impact of the strike, it is equally clear that firefighters, who spend their lives protecting the public, would not take this action lightly.

– Fiona Twycross, Labour's fire spokeswoman on the London Assembly

Tour de France bunting to be auctioned for charity

The Holy Trinty Church in Skipton decorated with a large yellow jersey as part of the route on stage 1 of the Tour de France. Credit: Press Association

Bunting and banners were a key feature of this year's Tour de France in Yorkshire and now Craven District Council will auction off some of the items that were on display in Skipton. All the proceeds will go to charity.

Bunting in Skipton decorated as part of the route on stage 1 of the Tour de France. Credit: Press Association

Government accused of showing public sector 'contempt'

The Government has been accused of showing "contempt" for public sector workers as firefighters prepare to stage a four-day strike in a bitter row over pensions.

Firefighers to stage four-day strike over pensions Credit: Press Association

Members of the Fire Brigades Union in England will walk out at 6pm tonight and set up picket lines outside fire stations across the country on one of the busiest weekends of the year because of bonfires and firework displays.

Fire brigades will again launch contingency plans, including hiring contract staff to cover for striking firefighters, but the public were warned to be extra vigilant, especially if they attend a firework event.

The West Yorkshire brigade warned that the service and the public will be left in a "vulnerable position", telling people to take extra care to ensure their own safety, while the London brigade said it may not attend rubbish or small grass fires or help anyone shut in a lift.

The FBU hit back at Government statements that firefighters will continue to receive one of the best pension packages of any worker even after reforms to their pension scheme.

We have a Government of millionaires who are wrecking the pensions of firefighters and other public sector workers while the real scandal is that their own pensions are by far the most generous anywhere in the public sector.

This is a case of those at the top getting more while everyone else is robbed blind. Firefighters are sickened by the Government's 'snouts in the trough' approach to this issue.

How can it be remotely fair that the Prime Minister, already a millionaire, enjoys a far greater subsidy from his employer in absolute and proportional terms than a firefighter who is earning less than £30,000 a year? It is sickening hypocrisy.

– FBU general secretary Matt Wrack

Once again the Government is showing its contempt for public service workers. Evidence warns that raising the normal retirement age for firefighters would lead to older fighters facing no job and no pension after years of good service.

This same evidence has already led to concessions being made in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland - but the Westminster Government has chosen to walk away from the negotiating table.

We are very concerned about the risks to firefighters, and those who rely on the fire service, when firefighters are forced to stay in frontline service until they reach the age of 60.

– TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady

Industrial action has been averted in Wales as a result of a "significant" change of direction by the Welsh Government, said the FBU.

The union said: "While the Westminster Government continue to ignore the concerns raised by firefighters, the Welsh Government have now suggested an improved proposal that could significantly improve the position for a large number of firefighters in Wales. This would involve altering the way fire fighters could choose to retire before the age of 60."

The union described it as a breakthrough, which it said showed that the Welsh Government had taken into account a number of technical arguments which firefighters have raised during negotiations.

A series of strikes have been held over the past 18 months in protest at changes to pensions and the retirement age, which the union claimed could lead to firefighters losing their job if they fail fitness tests in their late 50s.

The Government has confirmed its plans to reform firefighters' pensions, saying the scheme has been refined in response to consultations. A statement said the average firefighter retiring at the age of 50 today is expected to live and draw a pension for 37 years after a 30-year career.

The Firefighters' Pension Scheme is the most expensive in the public sector and is forecast to have a cashflow deficit of almost #600 million by 2018-19, said the statement, adding: "Taxpayers cannot be expected to meet all of these costs."

The Government said it will lay regulations setting out the terms of the reformed scheme, giving fire and rescue authorities time to implement changes before they come into effect next April.

No firefighter aged 55 or over will face being left without a job or a good pension, said the statement.

"These steps will benefit all firefighters, not least women firefighters, and those who will work beyond 55 if they so wish. As the impact of working beyond 55 years of age will only take start to take effect in 2022, there is time to ensure appropriate procedures are in place to reassure and support both the younger and older worker.

"This process, linked with generous ill-health arrangements and the opportunity for redeployment, should ensure that firefighters can continue to receive one of the best pension packages of any worker."

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Fire Services reassure residents cover is in place ahead of Halloween fire strike

Firefighters across the region are starting a four-day strike today in an ongoing row over pensions. Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out at 6pm - with the strike ending the evening before Bonfire Night.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service have reassured residents that cover is in place as Halloween night approaches:

South Yorkshire elects new Crime Commissioner

The ballot opened yesterday Credit: Press Association

We will find out today who will be South Yorkshire's new Police and Crime Commissioner.

The election was held yesterday after former Commissioner Shaun Wright stepped down in the aftermath of the Rotherham sex abuse scandal. The counting of votes begins later this morning with final result being declared this afternoon.

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