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Yorkshire " pirate hunters" in Indian court today

Three men from East Yorkshire being held in India for alleged weapons offences are due to appear in court today.

The men on their release from prison in June 2014

Ray Tindall from Hull, Nicholas Simpson from Cottingham and Paul Towers from Pocklington, were arrested along with three other former British soldiers on suspicion of smuggling weapons as they worked onboard a ship providing protection from pirates in October 2013.

The charges were eventually dropped last year .

However they were informed on July 1st that a police appeal against them had been successful and that they would face a full trial in southern India.

The six British men were originally taken into custody after what they thought was a routine paperwork check aboard their security vessel Seaman Guard Ohio. Police seized 35 automatic weapons and nearly 5,700 rounds of ammunition from the ship.

The men had been working for AdvanFort, a private security company providing protection to ships in the area.

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Bakewell show expected to attract 60,000 visitors

The 185th Bakewell Show opened today in the heart of the Peak District. Our reporter, Martin Fisher, was there to soak up the sights and sounds, as well as taking a look at some of the issues affecting the agricultural industry.

Now as far as agricultural shows go, our region boasts some of the finest - the Lincolnshire Show in June..The Great Yorkshire Show in July

There's the biggest one-day show in the country at Driffield, and today in the heart of the Peak District it's the opening day of the 185th Bakewell Show. There for us , sampling all its bucolic delights is Martin Fisher

Crackdown on beggars at Sheffield rail station

Persistent beggars are being banned from Sheffield railway station in a new crackdown.

Beggars are banned from around Sheffield railway station Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The new initiative by British Transport Police and East Midland Trains means that banning notices are being issued to people who regularly beg and loiter around the city centre station.

Since the scheme was launched two vagrants have already been issued with notices banning them from the station environs.

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'Invest in the north of England' PM tells south-east Asia

Prime Minister David Cameron also visited the Singapore Botanical Gardens. Credit: PA

The Prime Minister has urged south-east Asian investors to pump money into the cities of the "Northern Powerhouse".

As part of his four day trade mission to the region, David Cameron told investors in Singapore that he wanted them to look at the UK "in a new way" and consider cities like Leeds and Manchester for their plans rather than just London.

I really would encourage you to look at Britain in a new way...

We want to re-balance our country and we want Singaporean and other south-east Asian investors to help us do it. That is what the Northern Powerhouse is all about.

From the North Sea to the Singapore Strait, let's get more trade flowing.

– David Cameron

Bradford's new shopping centre constructed in 100 seconds

Bradford’s latest retail centre, The Broadway Bradford, opens in one hundred days. To mark the countdown, Bradford Council has released timelapse footage of the site's construction.

The £260 million development, the largest UK retail centre to launch this year, will open on Thursday 5 November ahead of the Christmas rush.

The 570,000 sq ft centre, which will create 2,500 new retail jobs upon opening, will be the largest retail centre in the country to open in 2015.

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“After a lot of hard work and support from the Bradford community, we are now just 100 days away from opening our doors to the public for the very first time. The exclusive time lapse footage shows just how far we’ve come and it’s really exciting to see it all come together. Not only will the centre provide an unrivalled retail environment for shoppers in Bradford and the surrounding areas, but it will also deliver a significant boost to the local and regional economy whilst continuing to attract inward investment for the City’s regeneration. We are looking forward to welcoming the community through our doors on November 5.”

– Myf Ryan, Westfield Director of Marketing

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Sky announces Leeds as new hub creating 400 jobs

The broadcaster Sky has announced Leeds will be the base for its new technology hub creating four hundred skilled jobs.

Work has begun today to prepare three buildings at Leeds Dock for the facility, where new apps and website content will be generated.

In all 1000 employees will move across to the site from their current city centre offices.

Sky say they are creating one of the largest digital communities in the UK and will recruit twenty four graduates and eight apprentices from across the north of England.

Former Morrisons employee guilty of data theft

Andrew Skelton, a former employee of Morrisons supermarket has today (17 July) been found guilty of fraud, securing unauthorised access to computer material and disclosing personal data, and sentenced to eight years at Bradford Crown Court, in relation to stealing personal data belonging to nearly 100,000 Morrisons employees.

"Andrew Skelton was in a position of considerable trust with access to confidential personal information as Senior Internal Auditor at Morrisons.

He abused this position by uploading this information – which included employee’s names, addresses and bank account details onto various internet websites.

He then attempted to cover his tracks and implicate a fellow employee by using this colleague’s details to set up a fake email account.

Andrew Skelton’s motive appears to have been a personal grievance over a previous incident where he was accused of dealing in legal highs at work.

The potential loss to his victims and the sheer quantity of potentially compromised data was very significant and could have resulted in employees identities being stolen. Currently Morrisons has incurred costs of almost £2 million as a result of this fraud, costs have included professional fees, legal fees and fees incurred through attempts to safeguard their employees.

The sentence imposed today sends out a very clear message that we will robustly prosecute serious fraudsters such as Skelton who believe they are above the law.”

– David Holderness, reviewing lawyer, Complex Casework Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside

Visitor numbers up at Great Yorkshire Show

Douglas Duffin riding Richard Jenkinson’s Quidam in the Great Yorkshire Show’s Main Ring

Visitor numbers were up year on year at the 157th Great Yorkshire Show. 132,131 people attended the event as opposed to 130,989 last year.

"The Great Yorkshire Show has an amazing reputation as a superb industry showcase, as well as a fun and educational day out for all the family. Our vital role in celebrating farming excellence will continue, and the presence of our Royal patron underlines the significance of the Great Yorkshire Show to the rural community and beyond.”

– Charles Mills, Show Director

Preparations are already underway for the Society’s autumn event, Countryside Live which takes place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October.

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