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Bradford mother-of-six contracts mystery illness

Friends and family are rallying to help a Bradford father who has been left to bring up six children after his wife contracted a mystery illness.

Donna Ormondroyd, 35, has been left in a constant vegetative state - confined to a hospital bed with brain damage.

She will need 24-hour care when she does eventually return home. Her husband Gregg, a bus driver, says they have been offered a care package but he says he will need all the help he can get.

An appeal fund has already reached £3,000.

Chris Kiddey reports:

Appeal after fatal ditch accident

A 24-year-old man has died following an accident in the Sykehouse area of Doncaster.

The man was found inside a Vauxhall Astra car in a roadside ditch off Oak Lane at around 6.20pm yesterday (November 24th).

It is believed the silver Astra may have been travelling in the direction of the A614 Selby Road but it is not known how long the vehicle was in the ditch before being discovered. Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the vehicle prior to the collision or anyone who may hold information.


Elderly women conned out of £206,000

Two elderly women from East Yorkshire have been conned out of a total of £206,000 between them by conmen posing as Metropolitan Police officers.

The first was persuaded to transfer £129,000 and a second woman £77,000 after falling foul of the scam.

Beware of conmen Credit: PA

In both cases the women were called by someone claiming to be from their bank’s head office, who told them their accounts had been compromised. He transferred them to a second man who claimed he was a Superintendent with the Met, who advised them to transfer funds to a secure account, which he provided details for.

In the last month, a 74-year-old woman was targeted twice in two days, transferring £44,000 and then £85,000 to the conmen. An 83-year-old was also hit twice in two days, handing over £50,000 and then £27,000.

Three others have also received similar calls, but did not transfer any money.

These are very unpleasant incidents, targeted at vulnerable victims, where a woman has been scammed out of a large amount of money by highly believable and unscrupulous criminals. Officers are working alongside colleagues from Action Fraud to thoroughly investigate the incident and bring those responsible to justice. Our aim now is to spread awareness of the scam to prevent others falling foul of this con. Firstly, police would never ask a member of the public to transfer or hand over money. If you are unsure, call your bank or the police – from a different phone – to check whether the call is legitimate.

– Det Insp Rich Osgerby

Two-year-old boy seriously injured in quad bike accident

Police in Wakefield are appealing for information after a two-year-old boy was seriously injured in quad bike accident.

The incident happened at 3pm yesterday on wasteland near to Silcotes Street.

It is believed a 23-year-old man was riding a blue quad bike, carrying a two-year-old boy. The boy fell from the quad bike after the bike hit a divot in the terrain.

The boy was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to hospital where he is being treated for serious, life-changing injuries.

I would appeal to anyone who was in the area yesterday afternoon and saw the quad bike and riders before the incident, or who witnessed the incident itself, to come forward. Enquiries are ongoing.

– Police Constable Dave Laybourne
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Police chiefs 'delighted' budgets won't be cut

The National Police Chiefs' Council, which represents the UK's chief police officers, says it is 'delighted' following the Chancellor's announcement ruling out any cuts in police budgets in England and Wales.

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