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Mobility scooter pensioner left to die in hit and run

A pensioner was knocked off his mobility scooter and left to die in the road.

82-year old Jim Dakin was riding legally along a cycle lane in Lincoln a week ago when he was the victim of a hit and run driver who struck his scooter from behind.

He fought for his life in hospital for four days but died on Tuesday. )olice have staged road blocks to try and find the driver.

Kate Hemingway reports.

MPs say high profile search of Sir Cliff's home caused 'irreparable damage' to singer's reputation

MPs have launched another blistering attack on South Yorkshire Police - this time saying it should apologise to Sir Cliff Richard for letting the raid on his home be broadcast live on BBC TV. The raid was filmed after the force cut a deal with the broadcaster without Sir Cliff's knowledge - and today an influential group of MPs said the high profile search had caused irreparable damage to the veteran singer's reputation. It's another blow to the South Yorkshire force which is already under intense scrutiny for its role in the Rotherham child abuse scandal. David Hirst reports.


Lorry driver cleared of all charges in Bethany Jones minibus death

Kevin Ollerhead, the lorry driver accused of the causing the death of 18-year old Bethany Jones was cleared of all charges by a united jury.

All 12 members of the jury agreed that the lorry driver had not caused the crash by dangerous driving or careless driving Credit: Bethany Jones

The trial heard that the collision happened on April 26 last year after the 24-seater coach suffered mechanical problems and came to a "near standstill" on the motorway.

The coach left South Elmsall, near Pontefract, at 11.00 am to travel to Liverpool for a hen party ahead of the wedding of Stefanie Firth.

The passengers on the bus very quickly became aware of signs of mechanical failure, including a smell of burning, and asked the minibus driver to stop the vehicle.

Johnson did stop the coach, which had a badly burnt-out clutch, and made a brief examination but said he could not find a problem and continued the journey.

The speed of the coach gradually slowed to a crawl until it was travelling at just 5.5mph in the nearside lane of the M62, just after junction 32, near Pontefract.

Mr Ollerhead, who was driving his lorry at 52mph, crashed into the back of the bus, shunting it 50 yards along the road and into a crash barrier, leaving it lying on its side across an exit sliproad.

He told the court he was a professional driver and there was nothing he could have done to avoid the accident.

McNamara aware of Samoa threat

England rugby league coach Steve McNamara insists that his men will not underestimate Samoa when the teams meet tomorrow morning.

England coach Steve McNamara shaking hands with Samoa boss Steve Parish ahead of their clash in Brisbane Credit: Press Association

Samoa secured their place in the competition back in May when they beat rivals Fiji in a qualifying match.

The England Knights were far too strong for the Islanders when the two sides met 12 months ago running out convincing 52-16 winners at Salford.

However, former Bradford boss McNamara insists that he will keep his side grounded as they enter into the tie knowing that they will have some tough opponents to contend with.

McNamara said: "I think it's only the press that are saying Samoa are the underdogs.

"We fully understand the quality of personnel in their group. Their players have been involved in finals and Grand Finals, they are a very talented team.

"They've got an ability to break tackles and run over teams so, defensively, we are going to have a real challenge on our hands."

Safety campaign shows shocking firework attack footage

West Yorkshire Fire Service has released a video of a firefighter being battered by fireworks as part of this year's bonfire safety campaign.

The footage shows a fireman attempting to put out a mattress which is on fire in Chapeltown, Leeds.

He then endures having a volley of fireworks thrown at him.

The video is taken during last year’s bonfire season, by a camera attached to the fire engine.

The service has released the video to show the dangers fire crews face at their busiest time of year. It branded such attacks as "despicable":

“It's a sad fact that every year our crews encounter some reckless individuals who do not take Bonfire Night or fireworks seriously.

“Attacks on firefighters - like the one captured by a silent witness camera in the Chapeltown area of Leeds last November – are despicable.

“They needlessly put our firefighters in incredible danger whilst they are simply trying to carry out their duties serving the public. Not only that, but they distract them from their main role of protecting people and property.

“We would like to remind the public that we do have silent witness cameras on all our fire engines and work closely alongside police to hold those responsible to account.”

– Ian Bitcon, West Yorkshire Fire Service

M62 hen party crash: Lorry driver found not guilty

Bethany Jones was killed in the crash

A lorry driver accused of causing the death of 18-year-old Bethany Jones has been cleared of all charges.

A jury at Leeds Crown Court found 45-year-old Kevin Ollerhead, from St Helens, not guilty of causing death by dangerous driving, and and not guilty of causing death by careless driving.

He was driving the lorry which crashed into the back of the minibus near Pontefract in April last year.

20 other women were injured in the collision.

The minibus driver James Johnson, whose vehicle was travelling at less than six miles an hour on the inside lane, has admitted causing death by dangerous driving.


Police appeal for information after three men robbed and assaulted

Police in Kirklees are appealing for witnesses after three men were assaulted and robbed in a house on Valley Road, Liversedge.

The incident happened at 5.45pm on Thursday evening when three men went to the property and knocked at the door before making their way inside.

One of the robbers had a baseball bat and all three demanded money and property.

At the time of the incident the home owner had friends visiting.

One of those friends, a 17-year old male, was hit with the bat causing slight swelling/soreness above the left elbow.

The owner of the house was struck with an iron.

The home owner and his two friends surrendered money, a wallet and mobile phone.

The home owner, a 21-year old man was then struck on the head with an iron causing swelling and pain.

Officers are appealing for information from anyone with information.

This is a particularly unpleasant robbery in which three people simply going about their daily business could have been seriously injured – it is suspected that this is a targeted attack and that no one else in this vicinity is in any way at risk.

– DI Andy Leonard Huddersfield CID

A-list celeb Larkin' about in Whitby

Catherine Zeta Jones has been spotted shopping in Whitby.

The Darling Buds of May star - who played Mariette Larkin, has since gone on to become one of the UK's biggest names in Hollywood.

Catherine Zeta Jones walks out of a Whitby shop clutching her bargain Credit: Roxanne Barlow

But it didn't stop her bagging a bargain in the town's independent stores while she filmed the new Dad's Army movie.

Roxanne Barlow snapped the actress as she left Home Works clutching her new purchase - a poster of Audrey Hepburn.

Venus Trading, where the Hollywood star bought

She then visited Venus Trading, where she bought a 'Lucille Blouse" for £29.99.

Manager Jaime Ruff said: "She had a good peruse of the stock, she seemed to be very chilled out.

"She bought a modern vintage blouse. We didn't bother her for a photo as she just wanted to shop."

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