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Two arrested after Ossett pub assault

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was left critically injured following an assault at a bar in Ossett.

Officers were called to the Tawny Owl pub on Prospect Road just after midnight on Saturday morning where a man was knocked unconscious after a blow to the side of the head.

The victim was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where he underwent surgery and remains in a critical condition.

The two men, aged 20 and 23-years-old remain in police custody.

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Department of Health defends use of private sector

The Department of Health have issued statement in response to today's anti NHS privatisation march.

Department of Health say private sector accounts for just 6% NHS

"Use of the private sector in the NHS represents only 6% of the total NHS budget - an increase of just 1.7% since May 2010. Charities, social enterprises and other providers continue to play an important role for the NHS as they have done for many years. The NHS will remain free at the point of use and patients can already choose where they have NHS treatment."

– Department of Health

50% rise in York stone thefts

People in Leeds are being asked to help report the theft of desirable York stone paving from the city’s streets by crooks who then sell it on.

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York stone pavement Credit: ITV Yorkshire

n the past year, Leeds City Council repair crews have had to replace an estimated £50,000 worth of York stone missing from pavements across the city. This is an increase of over 50% on the previous financial year.

Highways maintenance teams have been out to deal with 250 cases of the stone being stolen from public pavements in Leeds in the past year, a big increase on the 141 incidents the previous financial year.

However, fewer incidents are being reported to West Yorkshire Police, with their statistics showing a 33% drop, down from 99 in Leeds the previous year to 66 this financial year.

York stone is the distinctive natural textured stone quarried in Yorkshire that features in much of the paving in the older parts of the city, particularly in places like Harehills, Headingley, Woodhouse, Burley, Armley, Cross Green, Roundhay, Gledhow, Beeston, Pudsey and Chapel Allerton.

“There is clearly a disparity between the numbers of incidents notified to the police and how many we have to deal with.

"I’d urge anyone spotting this to report it, to help stop these unscrupulous crooks getting away with it. It’s not a victimless crime, as council taxpayers have to pick up the tab.

“What might be just a quick illegal profit to them could be really dangerous for pedestrians, if they suddenly trip over missing paving. It’s costing the council- and therefore the city- money it can ill-afford, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for us to source replacement flags, as we have to reclaim them from elsewhere in Leeds.”

– Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council

Pints of view

Walkers who enjoy soaking up the wonderful views of the Cleveland Way National Trail can now enjoy a beer inspired by the popular route.

Malcolm Hodgson, National Trails Officer Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way & Kyle Boote of the Helmsley Brewing Company Credit: North Yorks Moors National Park Authority

‘Striding the Riding’ is being brewed by Helmsley Brewing Company and will be officially launched at the Guisborough Beer Festival on Saturday 11 April 2015.

The brewery will make a donation from the sale of each cask to contribute to the upkeep and promotion of the Cleveland Way.

Striding the Riding, a 4% pale ale, will initially be available on tap from Helmsley Brewing Company’s bar in Helmsley, but it is hoped that some of the 40 plus pubs along the route of the Cleveland Way will also serve it to their customers. Plans for a bottled version of the beer are also in the pipeline.

It will be promoted as the official beer of the Cleveland Way and its branding will carry the distinctive National Trail acorn symbol. The design for the labels and pump clips will also incorporate the varied scenery found along the Cleveland Way including moorland, coast and dales.

Kyle Boote who set up Helmsley Brewing Company is planning to walk along the Cleveland Way from Helmsley to the beer festival in Guisborough where Striding the Riding will be launched.

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Protestors fear healthcare will only be available to rich

Protestor calls for an end to NHS cuts

Leeds Hospital Alert say 80% of England's hospitals are already in financial deficit and struggling to cope with rising demand. They are expected to reduce hospital admissions and send patients into 'the community' while the share of the health budget for GPs has been cut, spending on social care slashed by 20%, and the number of district nurses halved in the last ten years

"We must not allow a return to pre July 5th 1948 when only the rich could afford health care. It is our NHS. We must make crystal clear at the election that the NHS is not for sale."

– Beatrice Rogers, Chair of Leeds Hospital Alert

Murphy's army to walk round Bradford

Hundreds of dogs and their owners are to walk around Bradford to raise awareness of the increasing number of dog thefts.

Murphy was found after a massive online campaign

They will be lead by Siberian Huskey Murphy, who was reunited with his owner Andy last month after 43,000 people backed a campaign to find him when he was bundled into a car and driven away last December.

James Herriot statue unveiled

A life-size bronze sculpture of Yorkshire vet-turned author Alf Wright has been unveiled today at The World of James Herriot in Thirsk.

A life-size bronze statue of vet-turned-author Alf Wright has been unveiled at The World of James Herriot Credit: The World of James Herriot

Mr Wright became the most famous vet in the world for his James Herriot books based on his life and practice in rural Yorkshire.

The official installation ceremony of the statue took place this morning when James Berresford, chief executive of VisitEngland performed the official proceedings.

As a tribute to Alf’s wife, Joan, the statue of her famous husband has been installed on what would have been her 96th birthday.

Jim Wight and Rosie Page, son and daughter of the author joined James Berresford along with Sean Hedges-Quinn, the sculptor of the statue, June Imeson OBE, the original driving force behind the opening of the World of James Herriot, plus Councillors Mark Robson & Gareth Dadd of Hambleton District Council, David Shields of Welcome to Yorkshire plus many supporters, volunteers and staff from the Centre.

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