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Last man out of Bastion touches down on home soil

The last man out of Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Wing Commander Matt Radnall, Royal Air Force Regiment arrived home on British soil, returning to RAF Brize Norton on Thursday evening.

Wing Commander Matt Radnall, Royal Air Force Regiment has arrived home on British soil

His troops manned watchtowers on the camp perimeter until the last possible moment, handing over each tower to Afghan security forces in a well-rehearsed and seamless transition, before boarding a Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter to Kandahar, from where they were flown home.

Wing Commander Matt Radnall, Royal Air Force Regiment has arrived home on British soil

7 Force Protection Wing based at RAF Coningsby are made up of RAF Regiment and RAF Police personnel from 15 Sqn, RAF Honington and 34 Sqn, RAF Leeming.

The Royal Air Force Regiment are the dedicated infantry for the RAF.

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Labour win South Yorkshire PCC by-election

Labour candidate Dr Alan Billings has won the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner by-election with just over 74,060 votes.

Dr Alan Billings wins PCC by-election Credit: @AlanBillingsPCC

The overall turnout was 14.88% as 150,406 votes of a possible 1,010,599 were cast.

The regional breakdown of turnout is below:

  • Barnsley 11.9%,
  • Doncaster 15.24%,
  • Rotherham 18%,
  • Sheffield 14.5%

The election cost £1.6 million, working out at £11.04 per vote.

MP begins wheelchair challenge

MP for Brig and Goole Andrew Percy is spending a day in a wheelchair after being challenged by a teenager from Belton.

Jack Marshall, 16, was born with Moebius syndrome, meaning he has no balance or coordination and relies on a wheelchair to get around.

He challenged the MP along with North Lincolnshire Council leader Liz Redfearn and ward councillor Rob Waltham to spend a day in Brigg in a wheelchair to make them more aware of the difficulties he faces.

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Flood victims get Repair and Renew grant

Hull residents and businesses who were affected by the December 2013 floods will now have the opportunity to apply for grants with the help of a drop-in session.

Hull City Council is offering Repair and Renew grants of up to £5,000 for victims of the December floods Credit: Press Association

Hull City Council is offering Repair and Renew grants of up to £5,000 for victims of the December floods to help with the cost of buying and installing new measures, to reduce the chances of future flooding and to limit the damage should flooding occur in the future.

A drop-in session has been arranged for Tuesday, November 4 for the public and businesses to find out more on how to apply for the grant, as well as learning about flood risk, wider flood protection and resilience measures.

The session is being held at the Hull Ice Arena between 1pm – 6pm and representatives from Hull City Council and the Environment Agency will be on hand to offer advice to residents and businesses.

Rhinos' Ryan Bailey moves to Hull KR

Hull Kingston Rovers have snapped up Leeds Rhinos forward Ryan Bailey on a two-year contract as the club continues to bolster its squad for the 2015 season.

Bailey leaves Leeds Rhinos for Hull KR Credit: Press Association

A former England and Great Britain international, the prop is one of the most decorated players in Super League having won six Grand Finals, three World Club Challenge titles and one Challenge Cup with the Rhinos.

I’ve achieved a lot of things at Leeds over a 14-year period but I’m ready for a new challenge at Hull KR.

We’ve got a big game at the start of the season against Leeds and that will be a perfect way to hopefully make my debut. I know from experience that the ground is a daunting place to go to, it’s tough for opposition teams and we’ve got to make the most of that.

I know the ins and outs of all the players at Leeds so hopefully I can pass on a few things to Chezzy and we can get a win first game of the season to get us up and running.

– Ryan Bailey

Making his Super League debut for Leeds at the age of 18 in 2002, Bailey has gone on to rack up more than 300 appearances for his hometown club and was granted a testimonial last season for his service to the Headingley side.

Ryan is a fantastic signing and an important one for the club.

With Justin Poore retiring, we lost a lot of experience there and a bit of grunt up front and that’s what Ryan brings to the table. He has a wealth of experience at Super League level and also in big games.

He’s a great athlete, a good trainer and a wonderful player. He gives the impression that he’s a player who plays to the boundaries of the rules at times but he’s aggressive and that’s what you need in a front rower sometimes.

– Willie Poching, New Assistant coach
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