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Concern for missing Chesterfield man

Missing: Alan Hayood

Police say they are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of missing Chesterfield man Alan Hayood, who is 77.

Mr Haywood was reported missing from his home in Station Lane, in New Whittington on the afternoon of Wednesday 1 July.

He is about 5ft 5ins, of slim build and has blue eyes and receding grey hair. It is not known exactly what Mr Haywood was wearing but he possibly had a white, waist-length coat and black shoes on. He also requires medication but is not believed to have any with him. Police want to hear from anyone who might have seen Mr Haywood since Wednesday or may have information on his whereabouts.


Minute's silence at Leeds rail station

The minute's silence at Leeds rail station was all the more poignant as victim Christopher Bell worked there in the ticket office - described by Northern Rail as a 'much loved and highly valued colleague who will be greatly missed'.

Mr Bell was killed along with his wife Sharon, a care worker, in the shooting last Friday.

Christopher and Sharon Bell

Calls for re-think on 'Prevent' strategy

The leaders of Bradford and Kirklees Councils are calling on the government to re-think its Prevent strategy to stop radicalisation.

It comes after three sisters from Bradford and their nine children are thought to have gone to Syria to join Islamic State - and 17-year-old Talha Asmal from Dewsbury became the UK's youngest suicide bomber in Iraq. The councillors want a meeting with the Home Secretary Teresa May. Here's councillor David Green, the leader of Bradford Council.

New female Bishop of Hull is welcomed into fold

Archbishop conducts ceremony

The new Bishop of Hull has been consecrated in a ceremony at York Minster led by Archbishop John Sentamu.

Reverend Alison White has become only the second female bishop in the Church of England. She will have responsibility for Hull plus the coastline and the countryside of the East Riding. She and her husband - Bishop Frank White - become the first husband and wife pair of bishops.

Rev Alison White
A packed York Minster


'Be a Hero' plea for organ donors

Be a Hero campaign

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is launching a new ‘Be a Hero’ campaign in a bid to encourage more Yorkshire residents to sign the donor register.

Whilst nearly everyone would take a donated organ if they needed one, only around a third of the population have joined the Organ Donor Register. There are more than 10,000 people in the UK currently need a transplant and of these, three a day will die waiting.

Health bosses say this figure could be reduced if more people signed up to the organ donor register. ‘Be a Hero’ has created a new emblem highlighting that you don’t have to be a superhero to save a life. For those involved in organ donation, a hero can come in many forms. It might be the donor who saved your life. It might be the family that consented to it, the Specialist Nurse who accompanied the family of a donor through the organ donation process, or the surgeon who transplanted your new organ.

We are proud to launch the ‘Be a Hero’ campaign and discover real life heroes across Yorkshire. Last year, just over 100 people in Yorkshire donated an organ after their death. Together these amazing individuals provided 294 lifesaving transplants. Sadly there are still nearly 800 people in Yorkshire waiting for a transplant. Just one organ donor can transform the lives of up to nine people and if more families felt sure of their loved one’s wishes to be a donor, more lives could be saved.

– Dr Simon Flood, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

The Leeds Transplant Centre at LTHT has been providing complex specialist organ transplantation services for the Yorkshire and Humber region for over 25 years. It is the third largest liver transplant unit in the UK, a leading centre for ‘live related’ transplants and a regional centre for renal transplants. You can find out here more about organ donation and join the NHS Organ Donor Register or by calling 0300 123 23 23 - please remember to reference the Yorkshire 'Be A Hero' campaign.

Barnetby remembers Claire Windass

Friends and family are gathering at St Barnabas Church in Barnetby for a service to remember Tunisia victim Claire Windass.

Claire Windass

Claire, who was 54, was born and grew up in Barnetby and then lived in Scunthorpe for 35 years, before moving to Hull in 2012 after getting married.

Arriving for the service
Lighting a candle: Rev Alan Wright
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Northern Rail staff to strike over jobs and safety

Northern Rail train at Newcastle Central Station. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Workers on Northern Rail have voted to go on strike in a row over jobs and safety.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union backed walkouts by 80% and other forms of industrial action by 90%.

The union said it is in dispute over a series of issues, including the removal of permanent posts and the creation of zero-hour jobs via a contract with a security company, cuts to booking offices and attacks on the role and responsibility of train guards.

The union said Northern Rail had also given no commitment that there will be no compulsory redundancies beyond the end of its current franchise in February 2016.

"RMT has made every effort to win assurances from Northern Rail over jobs, services and safety. However, the company continues to ride roughshod over our efforts. We therefore had no option but to ballot all staff for action to force the company to take these issues seriously and the members have now voted decisively for action. That mandate will now be considered by the union. The union is committed to ending the two-tier workforce that the security contract creates and calls for all workers to be brought in-house on decent pay and conditions.We are also committed to keeping ticket offices opening and defending guards' jobs, which are safety-critical. The RMT remains available for talks and we expect the company to now take this dispute, and the issues at the heart of it, seriously."

– Mick Cash, RMT general secretary

Northern Rail is owned by a 50:50 joint venture between Serco Group and Abellio, a subsidiary of NS Dutch Railways.

The company employs 4,900 workers and runs 2,500 services every week day.

The RMT said 1,500 of its members are involved in the dispute.

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