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Hull City owner donates funds for robotic surgery equipment

Hull City owner, Dr Assem Allam has donated £1.4 million to bring patient treatment in Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust into the robotic age.

Dr Allam has made the £1.4 million donation Credit: Press Association

Allam and his family have pledged the funds to buy surgical equipment that will make it possible for surgeons to perform complex operations through tiny incisions with a robot nicknamed, The 'Da Vinci'.

The robot replicates the range of movements of a surgeon’s hand, but unlike open surgery, the robot does this through tiny holes, reducing the pain and blood loss caused by open surgery.

The new equipment is planned to be brought into use in the summer of 2015 once the system and supporting equipment has been installed and the clinical team has completed the necessary training.

Dr Allam said:

I was most surprised to learn that the population of Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire did not have local access to Robotic Surgery. There are currently more than 40 units installed in Britain, with the majority being mainly in London and the South East of England, but none in the East Riding of Yorkshire. I am always striving for the East Riding to be the best and to support developments that will benefit the local community.

– Dr Assem Allam

Gemma Simpson's killer sentenced to 12 years in prison

A taxi driver who admitted killing a woman in a "frenzied" attack with a hammer and a knife before sawing her legs off and burying her at a beauty spot has been told he must serve a minimum of 12 years in prison.

Gemma Simpson disappeared in 2000

Martin Bell 45, said God had told him to kill 23-year-old Gemma Simpson when she was at his flat in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, 14 years ago in May 2000.

Bell pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility when he appeared at Leeds Crown Court earlier this week.

Today, Judge Peter Collier QC gave him a life sentence and ordered him to serve a minimum of 12 years.

Judge Collier said: "The killing of Gemma Simpson was brutal. Your treatment of her body after death was dreadful.

"But your culpability was considerably diminished by your mental illness."

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Public urged not to help in Humber River search

Humberside Police are asking the public not to assist them in trying to find a missing 16 year-old girl who entered the River Humber from the Humber Bridge yesterday morning.

The police, along with other emergency services spent yesterday searching the river and riverbank - and say, despite suggestions on social media of the public offering assistance, members of the public may be putting themselves at risk by helping on the unsafe river bank or fast flowing river.

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Demonstration planned against Yorkshire Ambulance service

Members of the Unite union will be campaigning outside hospitals in our region today due to fears the Yorkshire Ambulance Service are putting patients at risk by silencing whistle blowers.

Yorkshire ambulance service Credit: Calendar

The ambulance service refute the claims and say their focus is to ensure that we continue to deliver a high quality service to their patients.

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