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Matthew Cryer's family vow to fight to find on for answers

The family of a teenager who died while on holiday in Zante say they're stunned and also angry at the findings of a report into his death just released by Greek authorities.

The document, just translated for the family, details why four men accused of causing Matthew Cryer's death outside a nightclub in 2008 were cleared last month. That was despite an inquest verdict of unlawful killing here in the UK.

But they've vowed to fight on and launched an appeal they hope will be heard by a new set of judges in Greece. Martin Fisher reports.


Sheffield United to face Southampton

Sheffield United are looking to enhance their reputation as giant killers tonight when they take on Premier League Southampton at Bramall Lane in the quarter final of the Capital One Cup.

The Blades, remember, knocked out two Premier league sides before being beaten by Hull City in the FA Cup semi final at Wembley back in April. And their fans are already dreaming of another trip to the national stadium. David Hirst reports.

Hull KR deliver festive cheer

Delivering presents on the children's ward

Youngsters on the children’s wards at Hull Royal Infirmary have been treated to a visit from Ben Cockayne and a string of his team-mates from Hull Kingston Rovers this afternoon.

Armed with bags full of toys, games and Hull KR goodies to give away, players including Aaron Ollett, Jordan Cox, Steven Holker and Ryan Bailey spread some festive cheer amongst the children, parents and staff alike.

Delivering festive cheer

Teenager missing from Grimsby treatment centre

Will Gilligan and Katie Free Credit: Humberside Police

A teenage girl from York has gone missing from a treatment centre in the Grimsby area.

19-year-old Katie Free was being cared for in Grimsby, but was last seen in Cleethorpes at around 12:45 on Saturday.

Katie has not been seen since then and police are growing concerned for her welfare due to an existing medical condition.

Katie is described as being white and of pale complexion with blue eyes and red hair often worn in a ponytail. She is 5'7" tall and of thin build and wears glasses.

When last seen she was wearing black leggings with a burgundy hooded jacket with a white logo on the front. She was said to be carrying a black tote bag and wearing burgundy shoes.

Katie is believed to be in the company of her boyfriend Will Gilligan (pictured) who is from the Darlington area and it is thought they may have travelled together to the North Yorkshire or Darlington area.

Katie has been missing before and she was located safely and promptly.

Katie’s welfare is our main priority and our aim is to achieve that result again and as quickly as possible. As time moves on our concern is growing due to her ongoing health issues. It is important that we locate Katie so that we can ensure she receives the support she urgently needs. We are appealing to Katie to make contact, either with her family or the emergency services at the earliest opportunity. We would also ask the public to help us by calling us to inform us if they see Katie and provide us with details of her whereabouts.

– Detective Inspector Jim Fairgrieve, Humberside Police

Lincoln cycle path roadworks to be finished ahead of schedule

The new footway and cycle path along Station Road in Lincoln is expected to be finished by Christmas.

Despite being only eight weeks into a 16 week programme, due to the exceptionally good weather and no unforeseen issues with utility services, the scheme has progressed ahead of schedule.

The work had forced a three-mile one-way diversion to be put in place.

Lincolnshire County Council expects that work to finish improvements along the west side of Station Road, should be complete next week. It is anticipated that the one-way traffic management currently in place along Station Road will be removed on Christmas Eve.

We are confident that subject to mild weather conditions in the run-up to Christmas, our work to install a new footway and cycle path on the west side of Station Road will be complete before Christmas.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience these works have caused, but hope that residents and businesses are reassured that as a council, we will do everything we can to conduct the works in the most cost effective and time efficient way.

– Councillor Richard Davies, Lincolnshire County Council


Dame Fanny Waterman to step down from piano competition role

Dame Fanny Waterman Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

One of the country's most acclaimed music festival organisers is to step down from the competition she founded more than fifty years ago.

Dame Fanny Waterman is retiring from her role as chairman and artistic director of the Leeds International Piano Competition after next year's event. It comes as she approaches her 95th birthday. She said today she looks back with great pride at the international eminence the Competition has achieved.

Barnsley man jailed for catalogue of historic sex offences

Vincent Glazzard Credit: South Yorkshire Police

A man from Barnsley has been jailed for a catalogue of historic sexual offences against two young girls over a ten year period.

49-year-old Vincent Glazzard from Darfield was found guilty of eleven sex crimes against the girls, who were both only nine-years-old when the assaults began.

The eleven charges include three counts of rape on a girl under 16, four counts of indecent assault on a girl under 14, two counts of indecent assault on a girl under 16, sexual activity with a girl under 16 and sexual assault on a girl under 16.

Words cannot begin to describe the abhorrent actions of Glazzard and the suffering his victims have endured. His crimes against them were absolutely appalling.

He has consistently denied the offences and sought to shift blame onto his victims for making accusations against him. As a result of this they had to undergo the harrowing ordeal of reliving their experiences during the trial.

I would like to praise the victims and witnesses in this case for their strength and fortitude throughout this two-year long investigation.

I can only hope they feel justice has been served for the distress and anguish he will have caused them and they have some form of closure now he is behind bars.

– Detective Inspector John Fitzgibbons, South Yorkshire Police

Sheffield museum gets improvement grant

Sheffield's Weston Park Museum has been given a grant of £697,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop its facilities.

The grant will support Weston Park Museum: A Bright Future, a £1million plan to transform several of the museum’s public areas. The project will see the creation of inspiring new displays in the museum’s About Art and History Lab galleries, updates to the Sheffield Life & Times and What on Earth display spaces, and improvements to the upstairs picnic space. The re-development will allow Museums Sheffield to change displays more frequently, sharing more of the city’s extensive collections of archaeology, natural sciences, social history and visual art with visitors. Work on the improvements will begin in late 2015 with the last of the new-look galleries being unveiled in October 2016.

The museum has been a huge success, but has the potential to be even better. The redevelopment will enable to us to share even more of the wonderful stories in Sheffield’s collections and provide the best possible experience for our visitors.

– Kim Streets, Chief Executive of Museums Sheffield
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