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Police release Efit in attempted robbery investigation

Police have released an Efit of a man they want to speak to in connection with the attempted robbery of a teenager in Wakefield.

A 15-year-old boy was approached by three men on Avondale Street in Wakefield on Monday. The men demanded his mobile phone and cash and attempted to push the teenager to the floor. He was able to resist and then run away from the trio.

We are appealing for witnesses to this offence and would like to speak to anyone who recognises the Efit of the man pictured. The victim was fortunately not injured but clearly this would have been a frightening experience for him and we are anxious to locate the men responsible.

– DC Cain Bamforth


3-year old's daily struggle with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy

The parents of a three-year old boy say they need to raise money for vital equipment to help him get around after he was diagnosed with a life-limiting illness because of a genetic disorder.

Joel Wilkinson's parents were told he has Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy nine months ago.

There is no treatment and no cure - but more children die from it every year than any other genetic condition. Helen Steel has been to meet Joel and his family

New public shuttle bus launched in Leeds

The South Bank area of Leeds received another boost today with the launch of a new public shuttle bus link connecting the city’s railway station to Leeds Dock.

Businesses at Leeds Dock including (l-r) Primal Gym, Google, Yoga Hero, Chilled Events and the Royal Armouries Museum celebrate the opening of the new ‘City Bus South Bank’ service with Councillor Gerry Harper (centre) and Tim Gee, Project Director at Allied London (right)

Allied London and Leeds City Council has initiated this new transport infrastructure.

The number 70 service hits the road on Sunday 26th April at 10am, and will run between Leeds Dock and Leeds South Bank to the city centre every 12 minutes.

This link will further enhance Leeds Dock as an attractive place to visit, live and work and will greatly help to improve the connectivity between the station, Leeds Dock and the exciting developments underway and to come in the broader South Bank. We look forward to seeing the new bus in operation.

– Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council


York Council loses appeal after fining motorists driving on Coppergate

City of York Council has lost a crucial appeal after it fined motorists who were caught on camera driving through Coppergate when barred.

The national Traffic Penalty Tribunal ruled last spring that the council had no power to issue penalty charge notices for using Coppergate and Lendal Bridge during an experimental traffic ban. Today announced it had dismissed the authority's challenge to that decision.

The tribunal said last summer that if the appeal was dismissed, the council would have to accept the decision unless it decided to apply to the High Court for judicial review.

The council has set aside £387,000 paid in fines by motorists for using Coppergate in case it has to issue refunds to them, although it still has the right of appeal.

City of York council said the tribunal's decision was 'flawed'.

We welcome the decision that the council is entitled to enforce the Coppergate Bus Lane, as these permanent restrictions have been in place on Coppergate for over 50-years and the initial tribunal’s decision was flawed in that respect.

The council will however be digesting the TPT’s full review and will be taking legal advice in respect of the decision referencing to signage.

– Neil Ferris, Assistant Director of Transport, Highways and Waste at City of York Council

13-year-old boy missing from Grimsby

Police are appealing for help in locating a missing 13-year-old Grimsby boy.

Credit: Humberside Police

Ashley Jason Farrar was reported missing to police at around 8am on Tuesday April 21 after being last seen the previous day.

Ashley is described as white, 5ft 4ins tall with a slim build and cropped mousey coloured hair. He was last seen wearing navy blue Adidas jogging bottoms with blue strips, a navy blue Adidas tracksuit top and navy blue Adidas trainers.

Since being reported missing police have had a reported sighting of him in Grimsby, but concern is now growing for Ashley due to his age and lack of contact with his family.

Smaller parties hoping to gain share of power

In two weeks, voting will be over and results from the general election will be known.

Experts are describing it as the most unpredictable vote in recent times with opinion polls still pointing towards it being a hung parliament with no party winning an overall majority.

That's putting more focus than in previous ballots on what all the candidates are saying - not just the biggest two parties.

James Webster reports on the renewed interest in the smaller parties:

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