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General Synod to vote in York on women bishops

The General Synod is taking place at the University of York Credit: Press Association

The long-running battle over women bishops comes to a head today. Members of the General Synod will cast their final vote at York University. Two years ago, legislation to allow women to become bishops narrowly missed being voted through - prompting complaints from the Bishop of Lincoln.

North Yorkshire 'safest place in England'

North Yorkshire is the 'safest place to live in England', according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics.

The county had a six per cent drop in crime between July 2012 and the end of June 2013, and 42.43 recorded crimes per 1000 people.

Robbery is down by 11 percent, and criminal damage by nine per cent.

Reports of sexual offences have increased by 16 per cent, which police say is due to more people coming forward about crimes which would have previously gone un-reported.


Humberside police say 'crime down by four percent'

Humberside police say the crime rate for their area has fallen, according to new statistics. Police say the total crimes reported between July 2012 and the end of June 2013 were down by four per cent, meaning 2,678 incidents.

There were reductions in victim-based crime, including robbery (down three per cent), domestic burglary (down five per cent), vehicle offences (down nine per cent), theft from the person (down 14 per cent) and criminal damage & arson (down 10 per cent).

However there was an increase in violence and sexual offences, along with non-domestic burglary and shoplifting - which are in line with the national level.

Imams willing to marry girls of 14 in secret

The Exposure undercover reporter, posing as the mother of the girl.
The Exposure undercover reporter, posing as the mother of the girl. Credit: ITV Exposure

Clerics from four of Britain's mosques, including one in West Yorkshire, are under investigation after being caught on camera agreeing to conduct secret marriage ceremonies involving girls as young as 14.

They include a senior Muslim leader who has worked with West Yorkshire Police as an advisor on community cohesion.

Around 400 schoolchildren – mainly girls from South Asian communities - are forced into marriage every year in the UK, according to official Government figures.

The vast majority of forced marriages of British children happen abroad, according to official statistics.

But an ITV investigation has been told by experts in the field that children as young as 10 are being forced into marriage in the UK.

Undercover reporters from ITV's Exposure programme posed as the mother and brother of a 14-year-old girl who they wished to marry to an older man.

The pair approached 56 mosques across the UK and 18 said they would be willing to perform an Islamic marriage, called a nikah.

Shams-Ul Huda Khan Misbahi , who preaches at the Jamia Masjid Kanzul Iman Mosque in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, agreed to marry the 14-year-old.

This is despite having previously publicy denounced forced marriages.

The mosque has launced a 'thorough investigation" and said it does not endorse forced or underage marriage.

Watch Exposure: Forced to Marry on ITV at 10.35pm on Wednesday October 9.



Big crowds attend Battle of Bosworth re-enactment

Crowds flocked to see the re-enactment Credit: ITV News Central

Big crowds attended a re-enactment of the Battle of Bosworth this weekend in Leicestershire.

It was the first re-enactment since the remains of King Richard III were famously found in Leicester.

Archers ready to fire Credit: ITV News Central

The fame surrounding the rediscovery of the King has impacted on the popularity of the Bosworth event.

RIchard III's untidy grave

The remains of King Richard III, which were discovered under a city car park, were found in a hastily dug, untidy grave, researchers have revealed.

Academics from the University of Leicester said the bones of the last Plantagenet king were placed in an odd position and the torso crammed in. He was casually placed in a badly prepared grave, suggesting gravediggers were in a hurry to bury him or had little respect for the murdered king.

The lozenge-shaped grave was too short to contain the body conventionally, and there is evidence to suggest his hands might have been tied when he was buried.

Gale force winds cause damage across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

The severe gale force winds caused some slight structural damage to a building at Park Plaza in the centre of Leeds. Some metal cladding came loose but nobody was hurt in this incident. One Yorkshire roofing specialist reported a six-fold increase in enquiries as a result of the gales.

The Humber Bridge was closed for a time to all vehicles and the Tinsley Viaduct on the M1 at Sheffield was closed to high siders.

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