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Mother leads Christmas appeal for missing Claudia

The mother of missing York chef Claudia Lawrence is appealing to businesses, friends and family to include a picture of her in every Christmas card they send.

Joan Lawrence says the picture of Claudia with dark hair shows how she thinks her daughter is most likely to look.

The image police issued at the time of her disappearance over five years ago shows her with blonde hair.

Leeds Utd footballers among mourners at crash funeral

Leeds United footballers were among the mourners at a funeral service in Doncaster today for 16-year-old Blake Cairns - one of five teenagers killed in the car crash in Consibrough almost two weeks ago. Around 1200 people attended the funeral - the fourth this week for the victims of the tragedy, David Hirst reports.

Claudia's mother leads Christmas appeal

The mother of missing York chef Claudia Lawrence is asking all her friends, family and businesses to include a picture of her daughter in every Christmas card they send.

Claudia Lawrence

Joan Lawrence says this pictures best shows how Claudia looked when she disappeared - and not with the blonde hair she is so often depicted. However, police say the discovery of blonde hair dye in her house means they cannot definitively say what colour it was.

Claudia went missing in March 2009. CCTV shows her leaving work andthen walking towards her home on Heworth Road. She was never seen again.

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Police search for missing Doncaster woman

Police are searching for missing Maryilyn White Credit: South Yorkshire police

Police are asking for help in finding missing Maryilyn White from Hatfield Woodhouse in Doncaster.

Officers says she was last seen at her home address on Bawtry Road in Hatfield Woodhouse, at around 8:30pm on Wednesday, 26 November.

Hundreds of mourners at Blake Cairns' funeral

Leeds United footballers Billy Sharp, Michael Tonge and Stephen Warnock are among hundreds of mourners at today's funeral service in Doncaster for 16-year-old Blake Cairns - one of five teenagers killed in a car crash at an accident spot in Conisbrough almost two weeks ago.

Mourners arrive for Blake Cairns' funeral

Blake's brother Alex is a member of Leeds United's academy. The funeral service at the Salvation Army Hall in Doncaster is the last of this week's services for the five victims, all of whom were either current or past pupils at the Danum Academy School. Police are continuing their investigations into the crash.

Dan Jarvis aims to raise minimum wage

The Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis will today bring forward a Private Members' Bill to raise the value of the National Minimum Wage. The Make Work Pay Bill, would set a target to bring the minimum wage closer to average earnings over five years.

Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis

Mr Jarvis said: "The National Minimum Wage was one of the last Labour government's proudest achievements and ended the scandal of people going to work for £1 an hour. More than five million people are trapped in low paid jobs. Families are on average £1,600 a year worse off since 2010 and the value of the national minimum wage has declined by five per cent over the same period.

Many of my constituents are struggling to make ends meet, often holding down several jobs and working long hours, so they can support their families. That is why I am introducing my Bill to make work pay to ensure we maintain the bond between our national wealth and the wages that people can take home for a hard day's work."

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Compensation offer after severe train delays

Overhead wire problems are causing major disruption. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

East Coast is offering compensation to passengers after severe delays on Northbound services from London last night.

The worst affected train left London at 8pm and took almost ten hours to reach Newcastle - finally arriving at 4:45am.

The operator has blamed 'overhead wire problems' between Peterborough and Doncaster for the lengthy delays, which will continue this morning.

The 8:30 train from London to Newcastle has been cancelled.

Train companies Grand Central, First Hull Trains, Cross Country, Great Northern and East Coast have agreed mutual acceptance on all tickets in a bid to limit disruption, meaning passengers may travel on any service today.

Click here to find out how to claim compensation on your ticket

Were you delayed last night? Get in touch @itvtynetees or email pamandian@itv.com

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