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Police appeal to find missing Doncaster man

John Greasley was last seen leaving home on Thursday morning Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Police in Doncaster are asking for urgent help in locating missing 43-year-old man John Greasley.

John was last seen at around 9am on Thursday 27 August, when he left his address in Smith Square, Doncaster.

He was due to return home that evening but did not come back. He was in telephone contact with loved ones but has not been in touch since late last night.

John is described as being a slim white man with a shaved head. He was last seen wearing dark blue jeans and a dark coat.

He is believed to have links to the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire areas.

Family and friends are growing increasingly concerned for John’s welfare and urge anyone with information to get in touch.

Northern Powergrid staff to stage strike in pay dispute

Hundreds of office staff at the electrical distribution firm Northern Powergrid have announced they plan to stage a two-day strike starting on Tuesday.

Administrative staff who are members of the union UNISON will walk out after what they claim is months of talks failed to settle their pay claim. Union leaders say customers could face delays contacting the firm during the strike.

Northern Powergrid is responsible for running the power network that delivers electricity to almost 4 million homes and businesses in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire. The company says it has 'robust arrangements' in place to limit the impact of the strike.

Strike action is due to commence just after midnight on the 1st September and end at midnight on the 2nd September 2015.

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542 life-threatening incidents - a day-in-the-life Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Yorkshire Ambulance Service have embarked on a 24-hour 'tweetathon' to let people know how they go about their work. Here are a few of today's highlights:

IPCC investigates police actions before fatal collision at Stamford

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is appealing for witnesses following a fatal car collision in Stamford, Lincolnshire.

A 62-year-old man died after the blue Nissan Micra he was driving hit a low wall in Wharf Road, about 100 yards from the town bridge, just before 3am on Saturday, 22 August.

Shortly before the collision police officers had approached the car at a junction in Stamford. The IPCC’s independent investigation is looking at the interaction between police and the man to establish if that had any bearing on the events that followed.

IPCC investigators are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or noticed the Nissan Micra or its driver beforehand. They also want to talk to anyone who saw police contact with the driver between 2am and 3am near the taxi rank in Broad Street or at the junction of St Paul’s Street and Brazenose Lane.

Family of Danny Kelly fear man possibly linked to his death may not be questioned

The family of a rugby player who drowned on holiday in Greece fear a man who it's thought could be linked to his death may not be questioned by police.

Danny Kelly from Keighley died on the island of Zakynthos earlier this week. But his family have now learned that a man involved in an attack in the lead-up to his death has been freed by Greek authorities.

Michael Billington reports:

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Leeds Rhinos: Giants of the game

Leeds Rhinos stalwarts Kevin Sinfield and Jamie Peacock are both retiring from the game at the end of the season.

They've both won just about every honour in the game. Sinfield has been with Leeds for 18 years, Peacock had a sensational career with the Bradford Bulls before switching to his home-town club nine years ago. Both have captained their country, both have been rewarded with MBEs.

Sinfield will cross codes to play Rugby Union for Yorkshire Carnegie once this season's over; Peacock will move into management - ironically with Hull Kingston Rovers.

Two giants of the game - and I've been talking to both men.

West Yorkshire fraudsters sentenced

A Huddersfield man who set up two bogus haulage firms to claim £45,000 in fraudulent VAT repayments has been jailed following an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

David Hirst, 53, enlisted the help of Leeds high street bank worker Sharon Mitchell, 53, to submit fake account statements to HMRC that appeared to show that Hirst and accomplice Carl Buttle, 42, had spent thousands on diesel. The trio then reclaimed the VAT ‘paid’ on the non-existent fuel.

But the scam reached the end of the road when an HMRC taskforce, set up to target fraudulent VAT refund claims, turned its attention to C&C International Transport Ltd. Investigators discovered the company had no premises, vehicles or employees.

“David Hirst might have fancied himself as a businessman, but it’s a very poor businessman indeed who thinks plotting with others to steal from the taxpayer is a good way to pay for a lorry.

“Today’s sentence sends out a clear message to anyone engaged in this type of criminality: we will find you and, if necessary, bring you before the courts.

“HMRC is devoting more resources than ever to tracking down fraudsters. It is vital that we are able to collect the right amount of tax to keep the country’s public services running.”

– Jo Tyler, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC

As part of the investigation, codenamed Operation Akimbo, HMRC contacted fuel suppliers and established that invoices provided by C&C International Transport Ltd were forged. Bank statements submitted in support of a £45,407.51 VAT repayment to sister company Independent Road Transport Ltd were also found to be counterfeit.

The homes of Hirst, Mitchell and Buttle were searched on 16 April 2014. At interview, Hirst admitted the businesses never existed and that the invoices were false. He went on to explain the purpose of the fraud was to claim enough money to set up a genuine haulage business. Buttle denied any knowledge of the plot.

Meanwhile, a forensic examination of Mitchell’s work computer uncovered a number of counterfeit invoices. Investigators also discovered she had used equipment belonging to the bank to produce the forged statements – before sending the documents to HMRC form her work email address.

After pleading guilty to the fraudulent evasion of VAT at an earlier hearing, Hirst was sentenced to 20 months in prison by His Honour Judge Benson at Bradford Crown Court today, 28 August 2015.

Mitchell was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to a charge of false accounting.

Buttle, who also admitted the fraudulent evasion of VAT, was sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work.

Hull KR: Looking back at 1980

It's thirty-five years since Hull Kingston Rovers won their first and only Challenge Cup final in 1980 and it was a memorable day for the whole city. All Hull was let loose that day when Rovers took on the Airlie Birds - the Robins edging it by 10 points to 5.

We've been talking to some of those who were there that day, including the player who scored 9 of the 10 points for Hull KR and a woman who was 7 months pregnant - and her son, who's now all grown up.

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