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Charity appeals for gifts for teenage boys

A last minute appeal has gone out from the Cash for Kids charity who are trying to provide thousands of disadvantaged children in Leeds with a present to open at Christmas.

Calendar's Presenter Christine Talbot popped into one of the drop off points for the charity's Mission Christmas campaign at Radio Aire off Burley Road in Leeds today to see some of the many thousands of gifts that have been donated already.

Christine lends her support

But as Lisa Sullivan, Cash for Kid's campaign manager told her - there is a shortage of presents for the teenage boy age group.

Lisa said: "There is one day left to donate presents to the appeal and we are aiming to provide over 16,000 presents this year - we are just a few thousand short - especially gifts to teenage boys, so we are asking everyone to help.

"We have been inundated with help from people and businesses all over Leeds and it really warms the heart to see how generous people are - especially at this time of year.

"I've had families who thought they would simply have to cancel Christmas in tears when they realised they would be given toys for their children from our appeal."

Anyone wanting to donate a gift can drop it off at any time at Radio Aire's front office off Burley Road in Leeds - or at the Crown Point Shopping Centre in Leeds. More details are online here

Lisa Sullivan with gifts

Winterland: Refund money may not be available

The company who are placing the failed Magical Winterland in Harrogate into voluntary liquidation say that there may not be enough money left to refund all of the suspected 4,000 families who have been left out of pocket:

We are currently reviewing the Company records with a view to determining its financial position, upon which the relevant creditors will be notified of a creditors meeting.

Our primary objective is to ensure that anybody affected by the situation is contacted to establish if there is any possibility of a return to them as creditors.

At this stage it is impossible to determine whether there will be sufficient funds to repay creditors.

We are working with credit and debit card companies to determine whether those who have paid via this route can claim a refund on their purchase.

– Walsh Taylor Business & Corporate Recovery


Magical Winterland is cancelled, say organisers

Winterland is cancelled Credit: Calendar

A winter tourist attraction in North Yorkshire, which sparked critisism from the parents of children who attended the event, has been cancelled.

Visitors to the Winterland, hosted on the site of the Great Yorkshire Show, have described it as "disappointing" and "a waste of time".

"It is with great regret that we have decided to close Yorkshire’s Magical Winterland at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate permanently from tonight. We worked very hard to create a family event and have received some positive feedback but also some adverse publicity. We plan to refund anyone who bought tickets in advance and can be contacted at"

– Winterland organisers

Price of region's water to fall by around 3%

Average water bills in Yorkshire will fall by around 3% over the period 2015 to 2020, reducing the average bill from £373 per year to £361.

Water bills are set to fall across the region Credit: Press Association

The average household water bill nationally will fall by around 5%, not including inflation, over the next five years, Ofwat has said.

The regulator said it would mean the average bill would fall by around £20 from £396 to £376.

It also promised customers they would see improved levels of service over the period.


Booze ban for Boston town centre streets

Drinking alcohol on the streets of Boston could land you with a fine from the new year.

The Lincolnshire town is one of the first in the country to ban booze on the streets.

And anyone caught breaking the ban, which will be introduced from january the 12th will be fined a hundred pounds for a first offence and up to 500 pounds for repeat offences.

Councillors, including Councillor Stephen Woodliffe , who approved it this week, say they'd like to see a borough-wide ban but don't have the manpower to enforce it.

New leisure complex planned for Selby

Major plans for new leisure facilities in Selby have been unveiled.

A submission to Selby District Council’s planning committee details a leisure village proposal, which will be built alongside the new Scott Road leisure centre when it opens next year.

If given the go-ahead, the site will include an indoor ski slope, a five-lane ten-pin bowling alley, an indoor skate and BMX park, an indoor adventure play area, and a high ropes area.

A report submitted to planners said the site would complement the more traditional sports facilities at the leisure centre, which include a six-lane 25m swimming pool and a learner pool, a studio gym, sauna and steam rooms and an outdoor all-weather sports pitch.

A decision is expected on the plans in February.

Cops put freeze on festive crime with musical message

Three police community support officers in Huddersfield have come up with a rather unusual crime prevention message for the festive period.

The officers decided to capitalise on the success of Disney's hit film Frozen and recorded a version of their own - hoping to inform people about keeping their homes and belongings safe over the next few weeks.

Two of the enterprising officers and some youngsters involved in the video came into Calendar's studio, but first let's take a look at their festive musical message.

Two arrested in " Chop Shop" raid

Police have arrested two men on suspicion of burglary after receiving a report of a garage being used as a 'chop shop' in Bradford.

Officers raided the garage in Banner Street at about 2.25pm on Monday, 8 December, and found vehicles and vehicle parts at the location.

One of the vehicles was a BMW 520, which had been stolen from Pendragon Lane in Bradford earlier this month.

Two other stolen vehicles were identified and parts of three other cars were also recovered.

A 22-year-old man and a 25-year-old man were arrested and later released on bail pending further enquiries.

"I would like to thank the member of the public who brought this illegal operation to our attention and would appeal to the general public to look out for premises, particularly industrial units, being used as 'chop shops'.

"The kind of things to look out for are suspicious activity around motor vehicles, high-value cars that are apparently new, frequent movements in and out, and vehicle parts which have been scattered around the premises.

"Handling stolen goods is a serious offence and we will do all we can to disrupt criminals who aim to profit from people's misery."

– Inspector George Bardell, Bradford East Area Neighbourhood Team
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