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Funeral to take place for Otley cyclist

The funeral takes place today of a cycling coach from Otley who died in a road accident last month.

Craig Armitage was taking part in a cycling event when he was in collision with a car near Bolton Abbey.

Hundreds turned out for a bike ride in his memory a week later. His private funeral takes place at Otley Parish Church later today.



'Dementia Friends' to visit schools in awareness campaign

The Alzheimer's Society are going into schools across our region to recruit so-called Dementia Friends. These are people who know about the condition and are able to offer help and support to those who are receiving treatment for the illness.

The campaign hopes to educate more young people about the signs and symptoms of dementia - as figures show more and more of us will be diagnosed with the condition over the next decade.

It comes as the government pledges to increase funding to research the condition. Jon Hill reports:

Rescue helicopters to be privately operated from next month

From next month, the responsibility to search for lost walkers and casualties at sea moves into private hands.

The yellow search and Rescue helicopters of the RAF have been a familiar sight in our skies for decades. A major base is RAF Leconfield in East Yorkshire.

The new helicopters will be operated by the firm Bristow on behalf of the coastguard. They will operate two choppers from Humberside Airport. And in preparation for the change, Mountain Rescue volunteers have been training on them.

Matt Price reports:

Police arrest four people in Dewsbury drugs raid

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in the supply of controlled drugs in Dewsbury.

Police attended an address on Old Bank Road this afternoon and arrested three males aged 16, 22 and 30 and one woman aged 25, who are all currently in police custody.

During the operation one police vehicle was damaged and armed officers were involved.

Enquiries into the incident remain ongoing.

Disabled priority parking must be enforced says campaigner

A campaigner who lost her limbs to meningitis has visited Lincoln to demand better enforcement of parking spaces for people with disabilities.

Helen Dolphin was in her twenties when parts of her legs and arms had to be amputated. She now relies on her blue badge to help her park in city centres.

She has been explaining how more enforcement is needed to catch those using badges for priority parking, when they're not carrying someone who needs it:

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