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Yorkshire charity pledges to bridge North-South cancer research divide

Yorkshire Cancer Research has announced a multi-million pound investment aimed at tackling the North-South cancer divide.

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The charity has pledged to invest £5m in a five year programme of research to address cancer inequalities in the region.

The projects will be delivered in partnership with the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Office of National Statistics recently released new figures which show that the Yorkshire region has the third highest cancer incidence rates in England.

Yorkshire accounts for 8.3% of the UK population, but currently receives just 4.2% of the total amount of charity money spent on cancer research in the country, according to data provided by the Association of Medical Research Charities.

The North-South divide in cancer incidence and mortality rates is extremely alarming. National funding for cancer research is currently concentrated far too heavily in London and the South-East and is therefore failing to address the enormous disparities in cancer outcomes that exist in Yorkshire and the North of England.

– Charles Rowett, Chief Executive Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research

Former One Direction star broken off engagement?

Perrie Edwards and Zayn Malik - reports engagement is off Credit: PA

Perrie Edwards said she is "heartbroken" after splitting from her former One Direction fiance Zayn Malik who is from Bradford.

The Little Mix star thanked her family, friends and fans for helping her through what she described as "a hard time".

While not referring directly to having broken up with Malik, Edwards posted two tweets online to tell of her heartbreak.

The pop star duo, both 22, got engaged in 2013 but had never publicly announced a wedding date.

Reports that they had called time on their relationship emerged yesterday.

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Happy Daggers 'over the moon' to be playing at Leeds Festival

Members of Happy Daggers, an up and coming rock and soul band from Leeds, have told ITV Calendar News they are delighted to have been selected to play at this year's Leeds Festival.

The four-piece band features Sinclair Belle on guitar and vocals, Danny Martin on guitar, Jon Causley on bass and Tommi Stubbs on drums:

Up and coming rock and soul band from Leeds- Talk to Calendar about playing Leeds Festival, the North's Biggest Music Festival.

Terriers chief disappointed with ruling over Blackpool game

Huddersfield Town’s Chief Executive Nigel Clibbens says the club's fans have been treated unjustly, after a Football League commission ruled that Blackpool did not need to reimburse travelling Terriers fans following the abandonment of their match in May due to a pitch invasion.

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Mr Clibbens told the club's official website that the ruling is 'a real kick in the teeth' for the fans, adding it is they who have lost out in all of this.

It hardly needs saying, but Huddersfield Town is extremely disappointed with the outcome of the Football Disciplinary Commission. The Club was informed by the Football League just before the announcement and we expressed our feelings very clearly to them straight away.

This outcome means that our supporters, who were entirely innocent in the abandonment of the game and behaved impeccably despite attempts to encourage them to join in, have now been hit thanks to circumstances entirely out of their control. In the Club’s opinion, Huddersfield Town fans have been treated really poorly and that is not right.

Coming more than two months after the abandonment, it's a real kick in the teeth for our fans who have waited patiently and for the Club and will do nothing for the reputation and credibility of the football authorities in the eyes of supporters.

We will speak to the Football League again once the detailed findings of the FDC are available, but as things stand it looks like the real losers in this are Huddersfield Town fans.

– Nigel Clibbens - Huddersfield Town

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No compensation for Terriers fans after Blackpool pitch invasion

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A Football League commission has ruled that Blackpool do not have to compensate Huddersfield supporters following the abandonment of their match in May due to a pitch invasion.

The Football League had requested that the commission forces Blackpool to reimburse travelling Terriers fans. However, the commission has ruled against this.

Blackpool have been hit with a suspended three-point deduction by the commission. The Football Association fined the Tangerines £50,000 last week and decreed they would be made to play a competitive match behind closed doors next season if another game was to be disrupted by fans.

Tributes paid to leading heart doctor killed in cycling fall

A cyclist who died after falling from Dibble's Bridge in North Yorkshire at the weekend has been revealed as a leading heart doctor.

Dr George Ballard Credit: Leeds Congenital Hearts

Consultant Cardiologist Dr George Ballard worked at Leeds General Infirmary.

Today the Chief Medical Officer for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has described him an 'outstanding doctor'.

George’s tragic and untimely death has deeply shocked his friends and colleagues at our hospitals. He was an outstanding doctor with a quick sense of humour, who will be sorely missed by staff, patients and families across Leeds and the wider region.

Our thoughts and sympathies are very much with George’s family at this sad time. We will all miss a very special friend and colleague.

– Dr Yvette Oade, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
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