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Week of events marks 30 years since end of miner strikes

A series of events begin this week to mark the end of the year-long pit strike 30 years ago.

Coal miners, lead by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) chief Arthur Scargill, walked out of pits in Yorkshire, Kent, Scotland and the North East before voting in a union wide ballot.

The strike started when the Thatcher-led Government announced the closure of 20 pits and the loss of 20,000 jobs.

Former miners maintain that the industrial action was justified:

Yorkshire prisons among most overcrowded, report finds

Some of the country's most crowded prisons are right here in Yorkshire, according to a report released today.

Yorkshire prisons among most overcrowded, report finds

The Howard League of Penal Reform found that Doncaster prison was holding almost 400 prisoners more than it should have.

Leeds prison was the most overcrowded in the country, with almost twice as many prisoners as it should have,


Bleach attack teen to be sentenced

A teenager is set to be sentenced for throwing bleach in the face of a model.

Rebecca Morris, 18, from Hull, has admitted throwing bleach at Victoria Smith in August 2014 which temporarily blinded the victim and left her scared that she might never see again.

Miss Smith, who was 17 at the time of the attack, has a history of depression and self-harm, attempted to commit suicide two months later.

Prosecutor Stephen Welch told Hull Crown Court there had been "ill-feeling" between the pair, who were both students at Hull College, and Miss Smith had made a complaint to the college about Morris.

Morris shouted: "There's your shot of bleach instead of your shot of vodka. That's for getting me kicked out of college" as she threw the bleach at Miss Smith whom she had followed from a house party in Hull.

Miss Smith attended hospital, where she was given eye drops. Her hair turned green and she suffered burns to her scalp.

The court heard the victim's hair began to fall out and she now wears a wig after shaving her head.

She was saved from more serious harm by the quick actions of her friend who washed her eyes with a cola drink.

Miss Smith, who goes by the modelling name of Toria Melody, feels unable to model any more because she has lost her "confidence and self-esteem" and stopped going to college because she is "frightened and scared" of being bullied, Mr Welch said.

He said she has stopped going out and feels like a "prisoner in her own room".

Miss Smith went to Hull Royal Infirmary on October 21 last year after taking an overdose.

Morris, who has one previous conviction for common assault, has admitted throwing a corrosive liquid with the intent to burn, maim, disfigure or disable or do some grievous bodily harm.

Police release images in search for man's attackers

Police appealing for witnesses after a serious assault in Leeds in the early hours of Sunday morning have released CCTV stills of two men they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

Do you recognise these men? Credit: West Yorkshire Police
Witnesses asked to come forward Credit: West Yorkshire Police

It happened outside the Club Mission night-club on Heaton's Court at around 3.30am. The 23-year-old victim, who is from Wakefield, was left unconscious with head injuries and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary.

Police are looking for two men who walked off towards Lower Briggate after the attack. Detective Chief Inspector Steve Snow said one of the men was recognisable by his distinctive 'undercut' hair style which is completely shaved all the way around the level of the ear and then pointed at the front.

This happened at a busy time of the night when there were lots of people around enjoying a night out. The seriousness of the incident may not have been immediately apparent at the time. I would appeal directly to anyone who witnessed this to get in contact. The CCTV stills we have released are quite clear and I am appealing directly to the two men pictured or anyone who recognises them to get in contact immediately. We believe they may have been in Leeds with a group of men from the West Midlands area who were inside Club Mission. The two tried to get into the club but were declined entry.

– Detective Inspector SteveSnow


Police investigate Rotherham/Millwall crowd violence

South Yorkshire Police have launched an investigation after ugly crowd violence marred Saturday's Championship clash between Rotherham United and Millwall at the New York Stadium.

The trouble started after Rotherham's Kari Arnason scored an 85th minute winner. Police moved in as missiles were thrown by sections of Millwall's travelling support.

Other visiting fans then tried to cross fencing to confront home supporters. Two stewards and a number of police officers received minor injuries. No arrests were made, but police say they'll be examining CCTV footage to track down those responsible. Rotherham fan Charlie Jackson took these pictures of the disturbance on his mobile phone.

Man charged with murder at Doncaster jail

A man has been charged with murder following the death of an inmate at Doncaster prison.

The victim has been named as 43-year-old Robert Bryan who was allegedly assaulted inside the prison on Friday evening. He died later that night from head injuries.

Fellow prisoner Kieron Simpson, who is 25, is charged with his murder and will appear before Doncaster Magistrates Court tomorrow.

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