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Drink driver caught three times over the limit with children in car

A woman from Harrogate has been banned from driving after being found to be more than three times the legal limit with her two young children in the car.

The 32-year-old was stopped Leadhall Lane in Harrogate on 3 July. She was found to be more than three times over the limit.

She pleadd guilty at Harrogate Magistrates court. in addition to the ban, she received a £150 fine and was ordered to pay £85 court costs and £60 victims surcharge.

Drink driving in itself is a dangerous and potentially lethal thing to do, but to do so with two young children in the car is utterly irresponsible - the consequences could have been catastrophic. Luckily officers were there in time to arrest her and prevent anything dreadful from happening to the children or to other road users.

– David Minto, North Yorkshire Roads Policing Team

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A book of condolence opened for Conley

South Yorkshire police are still trying to trace the final movements of Conley Thompson after he left his friends at a play park two miles from his home in Worsborough.

Conley's body was found on the site by workman yesterday morning. He died after becoming stuck in a vertical pipe. The company carrying out work at the site - Howard Civil Engineering - says it is cooperating with the police investigation.

Today, a book of condolence was opened at a church near his home. Martin Fisher reports.

Rugby World Cup turns Millennium Square in to Theatre

On the even of the first Rugby World Cup match in Leeds, Millenium Square in the city is to be transformed into an open air theatre space by the outdoor theatre company Tangled Feet and they are looking for hundreds of volunteers to join in.

The show on Friday 25th September, will be called "Collective Endeavour" and will have a rugby theme. Christine and Duncan spoke to Nathan Curry, the co-Artistic Director of Tangled Feet about the project.

You can find out more about it here

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Maltby Miners' memorial is unveiled

A memorial has been unveiled to remember those killed in one of our region's worst mining disasters.

The remains of most of the 27 men killed in a gas explosion at Maltby Colliery in 1923 are still entombed underground.

Today, their relatives - who have been raising money for a permanent memorial - met at the site of the explosion to pay tribute. David Hirst reports.

Man jailed for child sexual offences in Doncaster

A 62-year-old man has been jailed for over 12 years for sexually abusing two young girls in Doncaster.

Joseph Harvey, of Sea Cliff Road, Scarborough, appeared before Doncaster Crown Court yesterday (Monday 27 July) to receive his sentence after a jury found him guilty of 18 offences at a trial earlier this year.

The offences included multiple counts of sexual assault, sexual activity with a child, and one count of attempted rape, for which he was jailed for 12 years and six months.

The court heard how Harvey abused his victims in the 1960s and 1980s in the Doncaster area. With the support of friends, they came forward to police last year and an investigation began.

“This is a significant sentence that reflects the gravity of Harvey’s offending. “While he pleaded guilty to some of the offences, he still put his victims through further trauma and distress by taking this to trial.

“I hope that the sentence handed to Harvey offers his victims reassurance and closure that, after so many years, their abuser is finally behind bars for his despicable crimes.

“This case highlights that it is never too late to come forward and report offences of this nature and I’d urge any victim of sexual offences to contact police so we can investigate and bring these individuals to justice.”

– Detective Constable Brian Thompson from Doncaster’s Public Protection Unit

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NHS statement regarding death of Mylee

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has issued a statement following the conclusion of the inquest in to the death of four-year-old Mylee Weetman who died at Leeds General Infirmary following heart surgery.

“I would like to reiterate my deepest sympathy to Mylee’s family for their loss and fully understand their need to know how their daughter died.

“I hope this hearing, although painful for them, will have provided the answers they needed.

“There has been a very thorough examination of the facts of the case and the Coroner concluded that while the surgery was performed correctly, Mylee sadly suffered a micro-embolic air embolism which is a rare but recognised complication of this procedure.

“I would like to thank all the staff at Leeds Children’s Hospital and the external experts who gave evidence to assist the Coroner in reaching his verdict.”

– Dr Yvette Oade, Chief Medical Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
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