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Poppy Widdison's family reacts to sentencing of mother and ex-boyfriend

Poppy Widdison.

Members of the family of Poppy Widdison have given their reaction to the 13-year sentences handed down to her mother and her mother's ex-boyfriend today.

Michala Pyke, 38, and John Rytting, 40, were both jailed at Hull Crown Court after earlier being found guilty of child abuse-related offences.

Poppy was found with diazepam, temazepam, oxazepam, ketamine, heroin, codeine and morphine in her hair after suffering a cardiac arrest on Rytting’s sofa in Oliver Court, Grimsby, in 2013. It was the result of months of sedation.

We've waited three and a half years for this day and it doesn't get any easier.

The memories we've got of her are everlasting. We won't ever be distanced from that. There's no such thing as closure with regards to this case.

– Poppy Widdison's uncle, James Widdison, speaking outside court


Appeal launched after pug puppy goes missing in South Yorkshire

Larry the pug. Credit: South Yorkshire Police

The disappearance of a four-month-old pug named Larry has sparked a police appeal.

The puppy was in the garden of its owner's house in Kirton Lane, Stainforth, Doncaster, before the owner went out to find he had gone missing and the garden gate was open.

It went missing on Saturday January 7 between 10.15pm and 10.20pm. Larry is a black pug and has been microchipped.

Anyone with information is urged to call 101 or email quoting log 157 of January 8.

His owner is incredibly distressed by the suspected theft. Despite enquiries in the local community, Larry has still not been found.

– South Yorkshire Police spokesperson


Woman bailed as investigation into death of Rotherham teenager Leonne Weeks continues

Leonne Weeks was found dead on Monday.

A 26-year-old woman arrested in connection with the death of Rotherham teenager Leonne Weeks has been bailed.

The woman was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of assisting an offender, in connection with the death of the 16-year-old. She was bailed last night as detectives continue with their enquiries.

Leonne’s body was found by members of the public on a pathway just off Lordens Hill, Dinnington, on Monday at around 10.55am. She died as a result of multiple stab wounds.

An 18-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder remains in police custody.

Anyone with information that could assist with the investigation should call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or 101 quoting log 256 of January 16.

Tennis star Kyle Edmund bows out of Australian Open

Kyle Edmund's latest Grand Slam adventure is over. Credit: Andrew Milligan/ PA Wire

Yorkshire tennis star Kyle Edmund's Australian Open campaign has come to a tame end after he was outclassed in the second round.

Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta overcame the 22-year-old from Beverley 6-2 6-4 6-2 in just an hour and 46 minutes.

Edmund received treatment during the first set and struggled with his serve - the Melbourne sun appearing to hamper him during the latter stages of the contest.

He also squandered six of break points in what proved a frustrating encounter.

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