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Keighley's Peter 'Chewbacca' Mayhew tweets support to Harrison Ford

The actor who famously played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies has tweeted his support for co-star Harrison Ford after his plane crash.

Ford is being treated in hospital after a World War Two plane he was piloting crashedduring an emergency landing on a California golf course.

Mayhew, who is from Keighley, tweeted that he hoped his college emerged from the crash with "just another scar to match his crooked smile".


Emergency services urge caution near house fire

Emergency services in North Yorkshire are urging drivers to be extra careful as smoke from a house fire billows across the nearby A64.

Former academy principal charged with fraud

The former principal of an academy school has been charged with fraud by police.

Sajid Hussain Raza, aged 42, of Spring Gardens Road, Bradford, has been charged with fraud by abuse of position, false accounting, obtaining money transfers by deception and fraud by false representation.

He has been released on bail and will appear at Leeds Magistrates Court on a date yet to be fixed.

He was principal of Kings Science Academy Bradford until August 2014.


Train ticket forger told to repay £17,000 or face jail

A train passenger from Doncaster who used forged first-class rail and parking tickets totalling more than £17,000 to travel round the UK has been told to pay back the cash or face jail.

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Mark Mason used computers at his home to create the forgeries, which he used to travel for more than two years, British Transport Police (BTP) said.

Suspicions about Mason were first raised in autumn 2013 when staff at Doncaster railway station spotted various discrepancies with parking tickets on the contract worker's black Vauxhall Meriva in the executive car park.

These included an expired ticket as well as tickets with the wrong colours, no date and time printed, incorrect emblems and the wrong price paid.

Mason was arrested in December 2013 when he returned his car and 10 more tickets were found in the vehicle which were believed to be forged.

BTP said a search of the defendant's home led to the discovery of forged travel and parking tickets, genuine tickets, glossy photographic paper, computers and printers, craft knives, scissors and a cutting board.

Forensic examination of the computer devices revealed that Mason had used the computers to produce forged travel and parking tickets.

Mason, 44, of Thorne Road, Hatfield, Doncaster, was convicted of fraud charges relating to 85 tickets, valued at £17,000, on September 16 2014 at Sheffield Crown Court, BTP said.

He was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years and ordered to undertake 240 hours of unpaid work and a 12-day restorative justice course.

The force confirmed that a judge at a proceeds of crime hearing last week ordered Mason to pay £17,884 over six months. Failure to pay will result in a default sentence of 12 months in prison.

The offences were committed between March 24 2011 and December 19 2013.

Detective Constable David Williams said: "This sentence sends a clear message to anyone thinking of trying to evade payment of train fares and/or parking that it really isn't worth it.

"Mason must now pay back all the money he thought he had saved with his fraudulent behaviour or face serving a prison sentence."

Four arrested as police seize drugs worth £1.2 million

Four people have been arrested as police seized more than a million pounds of drugs in a raid in Dewsbury.

Police stopped the car on Old Bank Road

More than 40 kilograms of what is suspected to be class A drugs, valued at around £1.2 million was found by officers at an address on Wakefield Road in Dewsbury.

Officers say two kilograms were found when a car was stopped yesterday afternoon. Armed police then searched the property and found the remainder of the substance.

A massive amount of suspected drugs have been seized – drugs that will now be destroyed instead of ending up on the streets and this is something everyone should welcome. During this operation members of the public will have seen a large number of police officers, some of whom were armed, on the streets. They were there as part of the operation and to provide a reassuring and visible presence on the streets of Dewsbury.

– Detective Superintendent Simon Beldon of the Regional Organised Crime Unit

Three men aged 16, 22 and 30 and one woman aged 25 were arrested and remain in police custody.

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