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On-the-run 'dangerous' drug baron arrested in Philippines

A drug dealer, who went on the run before he was due in court for heading up a £13m smuggling ring, has been arrested in the Philippines.

John Halliday from Harrogate arrested in Philippines Credit: West Yorkshire Police

John Halliday, from Harrogate, was a lead member of an organised crime group responsible for importing and supplying hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of drugs.

His arrest followed an operation which resulted in a raid on business premises in Leeds where 10 kilos of class B drugs were recovered.

Halliday disappeared in September 2013, before the start of his trial. He was jailed for ten years in his absence.

"Halliday is a dangerous convicted criminal and we are delighted that he has finally been arrested and is in the custody of the authorities in the Philippines. It has taken a lot of hard work but we are now a step closer to bringing him back to the UK to serve his prison sentence."

– Det Insp Neil Hollis, West Yorkshire Police

Woman seriously injured in hospital after being hit by a car in Sheffield

A 38-year-old woman is seriously ill in hospital after being knocked down in Sheffield.

It happened on Saturday January 17, 2015 around 11am on Barnsley Road when a Hyundai car was in collision with a pedestrian.

The woman was taken to hospital where she is in a critical but stable condition.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the accident to come forward.


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Bishop Lane is a 'working mum who will bring normality to Church'

The appointment of the first female Bishop is an historic event, but her husband says it is her experience of everyday, normal family life that she will bring to her new job.

48 year old Reverend Libby Lane is a mother of two and has spent the last 20 years juggling often unpaid parish work with raising her children Connie and Benedict.

The Rev Libby Lane hugs her daughter Connie during the service at York Minster Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

She met her husband Rev George Lane while studying theology at Oxford University, and they were ordained together in 1994 - four months after the first group of women became priests.

Her husband who is currently co-coordinating chaplain at Manchester Airport thinks their story 'represents the future of the Church of England'.

Rev George Lane, Dr John Sentamu and The Rev Libby Lane after the service at York Minster Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Both of us doing the cooking, both of us doing washing, both of us writing sermons and both of us dealing with some very serious and important things in people's lives.

That is what normality is to us.

It is a very modern tale of two people who have given and taken over 25 years of married life.

– Rev George Lane

More jobs in Yorkshire than France, minister claims

More jobs were created in Yorkshire last year than the whole of France, according to employment minister Esther McVey.

Conservative Philip Davies (Shipley) asked her to ensure that job centres always support job fairs so jobseekers are aware they are taking place.

Ms McVey said Tory MPs were putting their Labour counterparts to shame by organising events such as the one held in Mr Davies's constituency before making the claim about France.

Huge investment on east coast aimed at boosting tourism

There are hopes that a huge investment being made on the east coast of Lincolnshire will boost tourism.

£1.75 million pounds from the Government's Communities Fund has been secured for two new attractions - a North Sea observatory in Chapel St Leonards along with a new visitor centre at Gibraltar Point in Skegness.

Kate Hemingway reports.

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First female bishop 'overwhelmed' and 'thrilled'

The first female Church of England bishop, Libby Lane has described her consecration service as an 'occasion of prayer and of party' and said she is 'thrilled that so many want to share in both.'

Nearly 2000 people attended the service at York Minster today which was conducted by the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu.

Bishop Lane with Dr John Sentamu after the service Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

I cannot properly express how encouraged I have been in the weeks since the announcement of my nomination, by the thousands of messages I have received with words of congratulation, support and wisdom.

I've heard from people of all ages, women and men, people I have known for years and people I have never met, people from down the road and people from across the world.

I cannot possibly live up to everyone's expectation. And so today, at my consecration, I hold on to words of promise from the Bible, a reassurance that all this does not depend on me.

– Bishop Lane

Prime Minister David Cameron hailed the 'historic appointment' as an ''important day for equality'' and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, said he was 'absolutely delighted'.


Campaigners lose fight to keep Hull libraries open full time

Campaigners trying to keep Hull's libraries open full time have lost their battle.

Campaigners said reducing library opening times would mean losing a vital service Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Residents had told Calendar that plans to reduce the opening times across ten libraries by more than 100 hours would mean the loss of a vital service.

But today, Hulll City Council voted the plans through in order to save more than £300,000 - and said it was better than closing some libraries altogether.

Watch: Hull libraries hours cuts could 'take away lifeline'

New electric vehicle charging stations ' free to use'

Two new fast charging points for electric vehicles which have been installed in Sheffield are free to use.

The power stations in Broomhill and the city centre will allow cars to be fully charged in around three hours.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, from Sheffield City Council and Mark Daly from Inmotion Project have been talking to ITV Calendar about the installations.

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