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PM: 27 Britons killed in Tunisia beach massacre

Prime Minister David Cameron today told MPs that 27 Britons had been confirmed dead in the Tunisia beach massacre.

Six of the confirmed fatalities are from Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire:

  • Carly Lovett (Gainsborough)
  • Claire Windass (Hull)
  • Bruce Wilkinson (Goole)
  • John Stollery (Newark)
  • Christopher Bell (Leeds)
  • Sharon Bell (Leeds)

Rain warning issued for Yorkshire and the Humber

The Met Office has issued a warning of rain in Yorkshire and the Humber region this afternoon.

It comes in a week of sweltering heat with temperatures rising above 25°C in parts of the Calendar region.

Isolated heavy, and possibly severe thunderstorms are expected to develop late Wednesday afternoon across parts of Northern England and Southern Scotland. Some torrential downpours are possible leading to localised surface water flooding, with hail and frequent lightning also possible hazards. The public should be aware that there is a chance of some very localised significant disruption.

– Met Office

According to the Chief Forecaster, storms could be severe, with torrential downpours and hail of up to 1cm in size. Twenty-to-30 mm of rain is possible in less than an hour, with as much as 60 mm possible in 3 hours.


Royal visitors announced for Great Yorkshire Show

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be guests at the 2015 Great Yorkshire Show, it has been announced.

The royal couple will be at the agricultural show on Tuesday 14 July, the first day of the event, which takes place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate and runs until Thursday 16 July.

The farming and countryside showcase is expected to welcome around 130,000 visitors over the three days. This year there are almost 13,000 entries, ranging from prize winning bulls to poultry to international show jumpers. In addition the timetable includes demonstrations of country skills such as dry stone walling, an extensive Food Hall showcasing regional produce, fashion shows and more than 1,200 stands.

The Prince of Wales is of course our Patron and I have had the honour of showing our wonderful farming showcase to His Royal Highness and The Duchess of Cornwall, on several occasions. Their presence always creates a very special atmosphere as it is plain to see how much they enjoy meeting our visitors and they have a genuine interest in our show and farming generally.

– Bill Cowling, Show Director

Group of girls rescued in West Yorkshire on 'hottest day'

Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team helped a group of seven girls to safety yesterday after they suffered a mishap on one of the hottest days of the year.

At 9pm, the team were called out when the group of youngsters on a DofE expedition called 999 after becoming stranded on Holme Moss.

The party of seven girls from Hertfordshire were suffering from dehydration and the effects of the heat, after crisscrossing the moors trying to find a footpath down from Black Hill to Crowden.

Earlier, at 3.45pm, a local mountain biker lost control on a gravel track near to Scammonden Reservoir.

The casualty suffered cuts and bruises and a suspected leg injury, and was located approximately quarter of a mile from the nearest road access.

We frequently find ourselves saying this when the weather is cold and wet and visibility is poor, but it applies equally to extremes of hot weather. On hot days, you really need to take plenty of water - the combination of heat and physical activity will rapidly cause dehydration and that will affect your ability to think clearly and make sensible navigational judgments.

– Owen Phillips, Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team

Leeds sign young Leicester striker

Leeds United have signed Chris Wood from Leicester City on a four-year deal.

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Wood, 23, arrives at Elland Road for an undisclosed fee.

The New Zealand international becomes United’s fourth summer signing following the additions of Charlie Horton, Lee Erwin and Sol Bamba earlier this month.

Wood, who joined Leicester from West Brom in 2013, scored 20 times during his 62 appearances in all competitions for the Foxes.

He’s physical, strong and experienced in this league. He has potential to develop and has his best years in front of him. It’s exciting. He already has a proven goalscoring record and I think there are many goals to come. We think that he is the right player.

– Uwe Rosler

Couple from Leeds killed in Tunisia attack

Christopher and Sharon Bell

A couple from Leeds have been named as the latest victims of the terror attack in Tunisia last week.

The family of Christopher and Sharon Bell say they are 'deeply saddened' by the deaths.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of both mum Sharon and dad Christopher who were taken from us during the terrorist attacks in Tunisia.

– Family statement


Grimsby MP demands Young’s Seafood taskforce

The MP for Great Grimsby Melanie Onn has called on the government to establish a taskforce to secure the future of Young’s Seafood in Grimsby and safeguard the hundreds of jobs currently at risk.

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She told the Commons that Grimsby already has the 17th highest unemployment rate in the country.

Up to 330 jobs are currently at risk after Young's lost out on a processing contract with Sainsbury's.

When I meet with the Prime Minister I will be requesting that the Government set up a taskforce to secure the future of the Young’s site in Grimsby. Representatives from the Government, North East Lincolnshire Council, Young’s Seafood and trade unions should be working together and doing all they can to support the company and its workforce.

– Melanie Onn

Rotherham taxi drivers begin strike action

Taxi drivers in Rotherham have begun strike action over new rules requiring them to install CCTV cameras.

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The rules have been imposed by the council following the Jay report into child sexual exploitation.

Drivers are concerned about the cost of installing and maintaining the cameras.

They are planning a slow drive through the town.

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Police appeal after Doncaster assault

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 24-year-old man sustained serious facial injuries in an assault in Doncaster town centre.

CCTV of the man police want to speak to Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Between 2.30am and 3am on Sunday 24 May, the 24-year-old was stood outside a takeaway in Lazarus Court, when an unknown man approached him.

The suspect is alleged to have punched the victim in the face, causing him to fall to the ground.

The 24-year-old was taken to hospital, where he required hospital treatment for serious facial injuries.

Investigating officers have now issued CCTV images of a man they believe could be able to help with enquiries.

This was an unprovoked and nasty assault that has resulted in a young man requiring surgery.

We have spent the last month trying to speak to as many witnesses as possible, as well as trawling through CCTV in the area in a bid to identify the suspect.

Now we need your help – if you saw anything that you think might help us, please get in touch.

– Detective Constable Joanne Mellor
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