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Newspaper archive opened near Wetherby

The British Library's new national newspaper archive has been officially opened in Yorkshire. The building, near Wetherby, holds some 60 million editions, virtually every paper ever printed, which date back hundreds of years.

They were moved up from London over several months and are now kept in special conditions to help preserve them.

Our reporter James Webster has been to look around the new facility:


Hull MPs meet to discuss A&E crisis

Hull's three MPs have met with hospital bosses to discuss the ongoing crisis in accident and emergency.

The city's A&E is still performing far below the government target for the amount of time patients have to wait to see a doctor. In fact the latest figures show the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust continues to be among the worst in the country for hitting the four-hour target.

Now Karl Turner, the MP for Hull East, has said the Health Secretary needs to "get a grip" because the NHS is failing those who need emergency care at the city's hospital.

Michael Billington reports:

David Cameron backs missing Murphy campaign

A rescue dog from Bradford who's owner thinks has been stolen, and who has even been discussed by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons.

Murphy, who's a Husky, was seen been put into a car eight weeks ago, and despite a number of phone calls to his owner from someone claiming to have bought him, he hasn't been seen since.

There are fears that he may have been stolen to train illegal fighting dogs.

Frazer Maude has been to meet his owner, and his canine friend:

Seagull task force set up in North Yorkshire

For some, they are an integral part of life in our region's seaside towns. For others seagulls are an increasing nuisance which are bringing real harm to coastal communities.

Councillors in Scarborough and Whitby say it's now a problem that has to be dealt with and they have set up a special task force to tackle it.

They are only allowed to cull to the birds in exceptional circumstances, so now they are asking for the public's opinion on what to do next.

Chris Kiddey has the story:

Chesterfield to be backed by fans in Derbyshire Derby

Chesterfield will have the backing of almost 6,000 fans in their FA Cup Derbyshire Derby with Derby tomorrow

The Spireites, who've had a good season in League One so far, are looking to make it into the fifth round for the only the second time in 60 years.

Both clubs have a lot of respect for each other and the match is a sell-out

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook believes that support could inspire them into the fifth round:


Skarz leaves Millers

Defender Joe Skarz has left Rotherham United by mutual consent.

Joe Skarz Credit: Press Association

The 25-year-old made 78 appearances for Rotherham over three seasons, playing a key role in Millers’ sides which reached League One in 2013 and achieved promotion to the Championship last season.

Skarz joined Rotherham from Bury 2013 on a free transfer after impressing on loan.

Carers guilty of defrauding 92-year-old Parkinson's sufferer

Two carers from West Yorkshire have been found guilty of defrauding an elderly Parkinson's sufferer out of more than £500,000.

Wendy Bell, 57, and her daughter Lisa Bell, 30, both from Cullingworth, were convicted of plotting to defraud 92-year-old Audrey Hammond by inflating the cost of her care.

Helen Banks, 42, of Riddlesden, West Yorks, was cleared at Bradford Crown Court of conspiracy to defraud Mrs Hammond.

The jury took five hours 22 minutes to reach unanimous verdicts on the three defendants.

Wendy and Lisa Bell, who were both charged with conspiracy to defraud, showed no emotion as the foreman announced the guilty verdicts.

But Lisa Bell hugged Ms Banks and there were shouts of "yes" from the public gallery as she was found not guilty.

Judge Colin Burn told Wendy Bell, who was also found guilty of one charge of fraud, that a jail sentence was "absolutely unavoidable".

He said: "You have both been convicted by the jury at the end of this lengthy trail of these serious matters.

"Particularly in your case Wendy Bell, by virtue of the amounts involved, a custodial sentence is absolutely unavoidable."

The trial heard that Wendy Bell and another woman, Amanda Carroll, began working for Mrs Hammond at her home in Cracoe, near Skipton, North Yorkshire, in 2008, and recruited friends and family to become her carers.

The jury was told the carers over-claimed for the work they did to take more than half a million pounds from the widow, who suffers from Parkinson's disease.

Prosecutor Stephen Wood told the court Wendy Bell was overpaid by more than £138,000 over three years.

By the time police became involved in September 2012, Mrs Hammond was paying £35,000 every four weeks for her care.

Carroll, 44, of Shipley, West Yorks, pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud and one charge of conspiracy to defraud at an earlier hearing.

Linda Mynott, 60, Caron Gilbert, 33, and Alice Barker, 59, all from Keighley, West Yorks, all admitted conspiracy to defraud.

All the defendants will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on February 13.

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