Labour's candidate Dr Alan Billings has been declared the new South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. The county's previous PCC, Shaun Wright, stepped down following pressure over the abuse scandal in Rotherham.
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.
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.
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.
The new Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire says the public still has faith in the role.
Although Dr Alan Billing's Labour Party have pledged to abolish the role if they are elected into government in 2015, he says the public must have a way to hold the police to account:
Labour candidate Dr Alan Billings has won the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner by-election with just over 74,060 votes.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.