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Campaign launched to save East Yorkshire museum from closure

An East Yorkshire museum, which was a winner of ITV's Peoples Millions in 2007, faces closure unless it can raise £50,000 within the next month.

The Yorkshire Waterways Museum sits beside the Aire and Calder Navigation in Goole and tells the story of the most inland port in the country. But its charity, the Sobriety Project, which helps adults with learning disabilities and young people at risk of exclusion, says the cost of running the museum has put an unsustainable strain on its finances.

A campaign has now been launched to raise the cash to keep the museum afloat.


Rovers prop banned for derby clash

Hull KR prop James Green will miss the derby with Hull FC on Thursday after being banned for a shoulder charge.

Hull KR prop James Green will miss the derby with Hull FC on Thursday after being banned for a shoulder charge. Credit: Press Association

Green was charged by the Rugby Football League's match-review panel with the grade B offence on his former team-mate Travis Burns, the St Helens stand-off, during his side's 24-20 win over the champions on Friday and submitted an early-guilty plea.

Green will be available for the Robins' Easter Monday home game against Huddersfield while centre Darrell Goulding will be eligible to play in both Easter fixtures after submitting an early guilty plea to a minor grade A trip on Saints centre Jordan Turner.

Dewsbury man pleads guilty to US terrorism charges

A terror suspect from West Yorkshire has pleaded guilty in New York to charges of plotting to set up a terrorist training camp in the US with hook-handed extremist Abu Hamza.

Haroon Aswat has pleaded guilty to charges of plotting to set up a terrorist training camp in the US with hook-handed extremist Abu Hamza Credit: Press Association

Paranoid schizophrenic Haroon Aswat, from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, admitted supporting terrorism and conspiracy and could face up to 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors say he and Hamza conspired to create a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon, 15 years ago.

Hamza, 56, previously of north London, was jailed for life in January after a jury last year found him guilty of supporting terrorist organisations.

Aswat, who is thought to be 40, was arrested in 2005 in Zambia and later flown to the UK.

He fought extradition for several years and was held at Broadmoor Hospital before being sent to the US last October.

The European Court of Human Rights in January dismissed a case he brought against the Government arguing that his extradition rested on inadequate assurances from US officials about his treatment.

His lawyers claimed that it had breached Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

In their ruling at the time, ECHR judges said: "In light of the specific assurances and additional information received from the United States government, and the careful examination of the case by the High Court in the United Kingdom, the court found that it could not be said that there was a real risk that Mr Aswat would be subjected to treatment contrary to Article 3 if extradited.

"The Court therefore considered his complaint to be manifestly ill-founded pursuant to Article 35 of the Convention and declared the application inadmissible."

Aswat's lawyers told the court today that he has been treated for mental illness.

He will be sentenced on July 31.

South Yorkshire Police disappointed with Hillsborough Inquests funding

A senior official from South Yorkshire Police has raised concern over the amount of Home Office funding awarded to help pay the legal fees of officers involved in the Hillsborough disaster inquests.

Birchwood Park, Warrington, Cheshire where the inquest into the Hillsborough disaster began Credit: Press Association

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, says the sum estimated to be around £10.7million "is substantially less than the total payments" they have had to make.

He goes on say that without adequate reimbursement from the Home Office, the communities of South Yorkshire will have to bear the additional cost, with an ultimate impact on the police budget.

While I recognise that the Home Secretary's decision was a matter of discretion, I am extremely disappointed by both the timing of the announcement and the amount of funding granted.

– Dr Alan Billings

The commissioner has called an emergency meeting with officers and senior police personnel to understand the full implications of the funding announcement.

Leeds United fans fundraise for tribute pictures in memory of murdered supporters

A group of football fans are hoping to raise £1,500 to pay for the printing of thousands of pictures of murdered Leeds United supporters Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight to be handed out at this Saturday's home game against Blackburn Rovers.

Tributes at Elland Road to the two Leeds fans who died in Istanbul Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The match is on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the fatal stabbing of the two men before the UEFA Cup semi final in Istanbul. It is hoped that fans will hold up the photos as a tribute.


£1.4m parking fines boost York council's coffers

Almost 12,000 motorists have been fined flouting parking restrictions in York over the last three years which has resulted in the city council's coffers being boosted by £1.4m.

Parking fines boost council's coffers Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Last year alone the council raked in just over £0.5m from drivers caught stopping in car parks or designated residential parking zones without a valid ticket or permit.

Co-pilot had been treated for suicidal tendencies

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps, killing 150 people including a man from Hull, had been treated in the past for suicidal tendencies.

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz Credit: ITV Yorkshire

German state prosecutors said today the co-pilot had been in a long period of psychotherapy for "noticeable suicidal tendencies" several years ago.

Several years ago before obtaining his pilot's licence the co-pilot was in a long period of psychotherapeutic treatment with noticeable suicidal tendencies."

– Prosecutors' Office in Dusseldorf

The German prosecutors added that since then he had not shown any signs of suicidal behaviour nor aggressive tendencies in other visits to doctors.

There is still no evidence that the co-pilot in the French Alps plane disaster said anything beforehand about what he was about to do, the state prosecutor said.

Student Paul Andrew Bramley, who was 28 and from Hull, was onboard the plane travelling to the UK when the crash happened.

Read: Germanwings victim's father: We will visit this crash site for years

Morrisons to axe 20 bosses in second wave of management cuts

Around 20 bosses at Bradford-based supermarket giants Morrisons are being axed by new chief executive David Potts in a second wave of cuts to the top tiers of management at the under-performing high street chain.

Morrisons to axe around 20 bosses in a second wave of cuts Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Last week Mr Potts announced he was disposing of the services of five directors on the 11-strong management team and now he is making cuts to the next tier down of manangers in a bid to make the business leaner to fight its discount rivals.

Trial starts of man accused of starting fire at former Leeds nightclub

A 32-year-old man has gone on trial accused of starting a blaze which caused millions of pounds of damage to the former Majestyk nighclub in the centre of Leeds.

Firefighters at former Majestyk nightclub in Leeds Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Stewart Jefferson is alleged to have been drunk when he started a fire on the upper balcony in the two storey listed building before raising the alarm at a hotel next door.

Jefferson denies two charges of arson. The trial at Leeds Crown Court continues.

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