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Concessionary Bridge tolls start for cancer patients

Cancer patients from North and North East Lincolshire who are beginning treatment at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham will start to benefit from concessionary bridge tolls today.

Concessionary tolls start for cancer patients crossing the Humber Bridge Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Last month, the Humber Bridge Board announced that it would be using the discretion afforded by the new Humber Bridge Act to enable certain patients receiving cancer treatment to cross toll-free for a trial six-month period.

Now the first patients to benefit from the concessions will be able to travel across the Humber Bridge for treatment without having to worry about the cost of their crossings.

An estimated 60 cancer patients per month will benefit from toll-free crossings, with tickets administered through Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Bulls stars launch " Sleep Out"

Bradford Bulls stars are urging the public to join them in swapping their beds for sleeping bags at Provident Stadium, Odsal, for a 'Sleep Out' – in aid of youth homelessness charity Centrepoint and the Bradford Bulls Foundation.

Bradford Bulls stars plan to sleep out for charity Credit: Bradford Bulls

Matty Blythe, Adam Sidlow and Lee Gaskell joined Bulls chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul in posing in sleeping bags to launch the fundraiser, which will be taking place in Bradford – for the first time – on Thursday November 6.

Blythe, Sidlow, Gaskell and Hunter-Paul will be joined in the sleep out by the club’s commercial manager Rob Parker and are targeting a further 200 people to join them.

Money raised by the event will be divided equally between the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint, which works with more than 300 vulnerable 16-25 year-olds in the Bradford area, and The Bulls Foundation, which uses the power of sport to educate, motivate and inspire the local community with sport and education.

We are delighted to be supporting such an incredible, worthwhile cause and fundraising in such a groundbreaking and innovative manner.

“We would love to see as many people as possible getting involved with this scheme, as we aim to raise huge funds for our official charity, The Bulls Foundation, and Centrepoint, who work tirelessly to support struggling youngsters in our city.

“I myself will be 'hitting the hay' in the Provident Stand and I will be joined by plenty of James Lowes' first-team squad too, so come on down, wrap up warm, get involved and help us do our bit for the local community.”

– Robbie Hunter-Paul, Bradford Bulls chief executive

Sleepers who bed down at the Provident Stadium will get the chance to tour the famous home of the Bulls, meet the players and enjoy local entertainment.

Local restaurant MyLahore is laying on a curry buffet during the evening and Bradford-based supermarket Morrisons will be offering a survivors breakfast for participants who have braved the November night.

80,000 young people face homelessness each year in the UK each year – enough to fill the Provident Stadium nearly four times over. Too many of these young people are exposed to the dangers of the streets.

“That is why we’re asking people to give up the comfort of their beds for just one night. Sleep Out doesn’t aim to replicate the experience that’s impossible.

" But taking part will give people a small insight into what too many young people go through every night, and the money raised will help Centrepoint provide the support they need to leave homelessness behind.”

– Faye Wilson, Centrepoint Regional Fundraising Manager,

Visit www.sleep-out.org.uk to sign up. Registration is £25 and participants are encouraged to raise £250.

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Appeal after fatal Huddersfield collision

West Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision that occurred at the junction of Penistone Road with Marsh Lane, in Shepley in which a 51-year-old woman died.

The accident happened at 7:55pm, on Monday 29 September, after a blue Range Rover travelling along the A635, Penistone Road collided with a silver Vauxhall Corsa motor car that had emerged from the junction with Marsh Lane.

The 51 year old female Corsa driver from the Huddersfield area died at the scene.

This was a serious collision that resulted in the tragic death of a female driver. We are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or the movements of either vehicle immediately prior".

– Sgt Carl Quinn, Major Collision Enquiry Team

Overnight children's ward axed

Controversial changes at a North Yorkshire hospital come into force today.

Friarage Hospital has axed its overnight children's ward Credit: ITV Yorkshire

There will no longer be an overnight children's ward at the Friarage hospital in Northallerton with families having to travel to Middlesbrough, Darlington or Harrogate for emergency care instead.

Campaigners had fought to stop the changes, but it was decided the units were too small to be safe.

Woman charged with murder of missing Doncaster man

A 55-year-old woman has tonight been charged with murder following the disappearance of Thomas Groome almost five years ago.

A 55 year old woman has been charged with the murder of Thomas Groome, who has been missing for almost five years Credit: South Yorkshire Police

June Buttle from Doncaster has been charged with the murder of Mr Groome and is due to appear before the town's magistrates tomorrow morning, Wednesday. Mr Groome was last seen on New Year's Day morning 2010 as he left his son's house in Thorne, Doncaster.

He was reported missing by family and police began to investigate his disappearance. A murder investigation was launched in 2012.

Buttle was initially arrested in March 2013. A 34 year-old woman and a 37 year-old man, both from Wheatley, were also arrested in March 2013 on suspicion of murder. They have both today been released without charge.

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£5 million investment by Yorkshire Cancer Research

Major investment in research Credit: itv

Yorkshire Cancer Research has announced it is to invest £5 million in research that will have a direct impact on cancer patients in the region.

The investment, which coincides with the charity's 90th anniversary, will be used to look into the root causes behind Yorkshire's cancer problems and to develop strategies and initiatives that could reduce cancer incidence and mortality rates in the area.

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