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Military engineers show off their skills in Ripon

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Displays highlighting the skills of military engineers are taking place in North Yorkshire today.

The local regiment are celebrating the anniversary of the Freedom of Ripon being granted to the Corps of Royal Engineers.

Soldiers from 21 Engineer Regiment, based at Claro Barracks in the city, are manning the displays, which will include two 30-tonne Terriers and a multi-terrain armoured digger.

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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Corfu deaths: Family's 'shock' at ITV News revelations

The family of two children killed by carbon monoxide poisoning on holiday in 2006 have expressed their shock that the two men found responsible for the deaths were still working in the holiday industry until earlier this week.

In a statement, the family said:

We are shocked that the manager and an electrician who were convicted for our children’s deaths were still as of this week working in the hotel industry in Greece.

We ask that Thomas Cook, the Louis Group and other Tour Operators acknowledge that this latest blow for the family is simply unacceptable and cannot be repeated. British holiday makers need to be reassured by the Travel and Tourism Industry that they will be kept safe on holiday.

– Family of Christi and Bobby Shepherd

They also reiterated calls for the bungalow where the children died to demolished and replaced with a playground dedicated to their memory.

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Cooper: Labour 'have to face some hard truths'

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has admitted her party needs to "face some hard truths" if they want to become electable in future.

Yvette Cooper, Labour's shadow home secretary Credit: PA Wire

Writing in a blog for The Huffington Post, Cooper said: "Bluntly, not enough people trusted us with their future. Not enough people were convinced we could do the job.

"The mountain we now have to climb is high."

The Labour leadership contender also warned her party against swinging too far to the left or right in its bid to win back voters stating "that's no good for Labour, for Britain or for those who depend on progressive change. We can't fight and win by remaining a narrow party, we have to reach out."

Police to examine fresh lead in Ben Needham case

Police in South Yorkshire are to examine another lead which emerged after the case of Ben Needham was featured on Greek TV last night.

It is the second time in a week the story has taken centre stage on one of the country's most popular programmes.

Calendar's interview with Det Insp Jon Cousins and Det Supt Matt Fenwick was broadcast on Greek TV last night

The programme "Light at the End of the Tunnel" ran updates on the show last night after an appearance by Ben's family and South Yorkshire Police the week before prompted hundred of calls and emails about Ben's disappearance from Kos in July 1991.

That appeal created seven leads described by South Yorkshire Police as "potentially interesting".

Last night the programme ran Calendar footage of Kerry's reaction back in the UK and spoke to the Greek-born Police Inspector Panos Dedes , who has been seconded to South Yorkshire from Northumbria Police, who appealed for information.

Insp Panos Dedes during Skype interview

Earlier in the programme a picture was sent which the presenter , Aggeliki Nikolouli, clearly believed had a resemblance to Ben .

Greek TV presenter Aggeliki Nikolouli looks at photo sent in

This was forwarded to Inspector Dedes to show the Operation Ben team and the Needham family, who were watching the programme through a live web link.

It could be a number of weeks until all the calls from the programme on May 15 are followed up, but Kerry believes the Greek public have a major part to play in solving the family's 24-year agony.

EDL protest over claims of child sex grooming rise

EDL members gather outside the Old Post Office pub in Halifax ahead of a march and rally in protest at what they allege is a rise in child grooming in Yorkshire.

There is a heavy police presence in the town ahead of the march which is expected to begin at around 1.30pm.

Members of the English Defence League gather ahead of a march and rally in Halifax this afternoon

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Acomb robbery appeal

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and information about a robbery in the Acomb area of York which happened yesterday afternoon at about 4.50pm.

The victim, a local man aged in his 20s, was walking along a cycle path leading from Danebury Drive towards the Morrisons supermarket, when he was approached by two unknown men on pedal cycles who punched him to the floor, searched his trouser pockets and attempted to steal his bag.

The victim was then kicked in his ribs and head resulting in hospital treatment, including stitches to his face.

The suspects made off empty-handed towards Woodlea Avenue after the victim shouted “police”.

The victim remembers seeing a man walking a dog at the time of the robbery.

Police are particularly appealing to the dog walker to come forward who may not have realised what was happening. One of the suspects was riding a red and white mountain bike and is described as white, aged between 20 and 30, and was wearing a black baseball cap and black hooded top.

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