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Two die in chopper crash

Two men have died after a helicopter crashed into the cliffs at Flamborough Head this afternoon and plunged into the North Sea.

The RNLI launched two vessels to the scene after the alarm was raised at 1.40pm. They were then put on standby as a Sea King helicopter hovered over the wreckage and emergency teams worked from above. The pilot and the his passenger couldn't be saved.

Jon Hill reports


Two charged with York murder

Detectives investigating the death in York of Stephen Eastwood have charged two people with his murder.

A 42-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, who were arrested on Monday 15 September 2014, have been remanded in custody and will appear at York Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning.

Stephen, aged 47, was seriously injured when he was attacked on Lawrence Street on 27 March 2012. He never recovered from his injuries and died in May 2014.

Leeds student killed in Thailand

Police are hunting for the killer of a Leeds student on the holiday island of Koh Tao in Thailand.

David Miller and another Briton Hannah Witheridge were found with horrific injuries on a rocky section of the shore about a hundred yards from where a beach party had been held.

There have been tributes to David from the University of Leeds where he was about to start his fourth year of studies.


Coastguard statement - Flamborough helicopter crash

'We could see the wreckage of the helicopter at the bottom of the cliff and could see where it had hit.

The swell was too big for the lifeboat to get in close so we were tasked to undertake a search pattern for wreckage with Bridlington all-weather lifeboat.

We recovered a number of items which we have passed on to the police.

'We are all devastated that this service didn't have a positive outcome and that we couldn't help the people on board the helicopter. "Our thoughts and sympathy are very much with their family and friends tonight.'

– Flamborough Cole Ibbotson, Flamborough RNLI crew member

Crime Commissioner Wright resigns

Shaun Wright clung on to his job for 21 days despite repeated calls for his resignation, including from the Prime Minister, but today South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner finally fell on his sword.

Mr Wright stepped down three weeks to the day after a shocking report revealed the devastating scale of child exploitation in Rotherham, some of it during a period he was in charge of Children's Services in the town.

In a statement he said he had done it "for the sake of those victims, for the sake of the South Yorkshire public" and so that his role would no longer be a distraction from the important issues that needed to be addressed. Chris Kiddey reports.

Hull scientist works to safeguard coral reefs

A scientist from The Deep in Hull has arrived back from an expedition to the Caribbean where he has been helping with a project to restore the underwater coral reefs.

The delicate ecosystems are relied upon for fishing and tourism as well as helping to protect coastal areas, but they have been in decline because of disease and hurricanes destroying their habitats.

It is hoped this restoration project will help safeguard large sections of coral as James Webster reports:

Lifeboats launched to helicopter crash

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteer crews from Flamborough and Bridlington launched this afternoon after a helicopter crashed close to Flamborough Head.

Flamborough RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat launched at 1.45pm, followed soon after by Bridlington RNLI all-weather lifeboat.

A spokesperson for the charity said: ‘The RNLI lifeboat crews from Flamborough and Bridlington spent some time searching an area in Selwicks Bay and later stood by at sea to support coastguard, fire and rescue and other emergency service colleagues in the rescue operation.’

At 5.15pm, the two RNLI lifeboat crews were still at sea.

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