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Overnight children's ward axed

Controversial changes at a North Yorkshire hospital come into force today.

Friarage Hospital has axed its overnight children's ward Credit: ITV Yorkshire

There will no longer be an overnight children's ward at the Friarage hospital in Northallerton with families having to travel to Middlesbrough, Darlington or Harrogate for emergency care instead.

Campaigners had fought to stop the changes, but it was decided the units were too small to be safe.



Woman charged with murder of missing Doncaster man

A 55-year-old woman has tonight been charged with murder following the disappearance of Thomas Groome almost five years ago.

A 55 year old woman has been charged with the murder of Thomas Groome, who has been missing for almost five years Credit: South Yorkshire Police

June Buttle from Doncaster has been charged with the murder of Mr Groome and is due to appear before the town's magistrates tomorrow morning, Wednesday. Mr Groome was last seen on New Year's Day morning 2010 as he left his son's house in Thorne, Doncaster.

He was reported missing by family and police began to investigate his disappearance. A murder investigation was launched in 2012.

Buttle was initially arrested in March 2013. A 34 year-old woman and a 37 year-old man, both from Wheatley, were also arrested in March 2013 on suspicion of murder. They have both today been released without charge.

Top cop's "regrets" over Hillsborough disaster

A senior officer in charge of policing Liverpool fans outside Hillsborough on the day of the disaster says he has "profound regrets" that he didn't ask for the kick-off to be delayed.

The retired Superintendent made several radio requests for exit gates to be opened as congestion built up, saying at one point "people would be killed" if that didn't happen. Andy Bonner reports from the Hillsborough inquest in Warrington.

South Yorks police under fire over child protection

The police force at the centre of the Rotherham child abuse scandal is failing in one of its most important duties - to protect children according to the police watchdog.

Today's report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary says the South Yorkshire force has "limited understanding" of the risk posed by offenders who target vulnerable children. And it's been given six weeks to address its problems. David Hirst reports.

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