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Diabetes at all-time high new figures reveal

The number of people with diabetes in the UK has reached an all-time high of just under £4 million, according to new figures released today by Diabetes UK.

Diabetes at all time high new figures reveal Credit: ITV Yorkshire

North East Lincolnshire has seen the biggest hike in the number of new cases in the region, with 383 people being diagnosed last year, that is an increase of just over 4 per cent on the previous year.

Thousands gear up for Leeds Sky Ride

Thousands of cyclists, young and old, braved the summer showers to enjoy a traffic-free Leeds city centre today when the Sky Ride returned for its third year.

Team Sky rider Xabi Zandio and Great Britain para-cycling star Sophie Thornhill were on hand to help officially start the mass-participation bike ride.

Cyclists get ready for the Leeds' Sky Ride Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Team Sky rider Xabi Zandio and GB para-cycling star Sophie Thornhill joined Mayor Judith Chapman and council leader Judith Blake for the start of the Sky Ride . Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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MP meets Prime Minister over treatment for girl with rare kidney condition

The MP for Morley and Outwood, Andrea Jenkyns has met with the Prime Minister to discuss medical treatment for a girl from Wakefield with a rare kidney condition.

Andrea Jenkyns has met David Cameron to discuss NHS funding to treat a girl with a rare medical condition

Abi Longfellow's condition is considered too rare for NHS funding, but not rare enough to be an exceptional case.

Carers struggling to make ends meet

Thousands of carers are facing financial hardship, as they struggle to make ends meet - with many having fears for the future. After five years of austerity, the Government is said to be intending to cut a further £12 billion from the social security budget.

In Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, there are more than 550,000 carers and in the remainder of Lincolnshire, carers number more than 79,000. The Charity, Carers UK, is warning that the prospect of welfare cuts is leaving many of those people scared.

In this, Carers week, it is calling on the Government to come clean about where the axe may fall. Helen Steel has this report from Hull.

A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions said:

“Carers provide essential support for relatives, partners, friends and neighbours who may be ill, frail or disabled. Caring can impact on many aspects of life and it is important that we work together to offer support wherever and whenever we can.”

And you can click here for information and advice from the charity Carers UK.

Milestone walk for Ben Parkinson

Milestone for Ben

Ben Parkinson - the most badly injured British soldier to have survived the battlefield - has reached another milestone. Ben who is from Doncaster has been recovering from over 40 injuries he got in a bomb blast in Afghanistan eight years ago.

He has come a long way since then, thanks to his sheer iron will and determination. And now he has managed to walk a mile. It has surprised everyone - except Ben himself.

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Simon Cowell gets behind Abi's campaign

Simon Cowell has revealed his support for a 12-year-old girl from Wakefield who is fighting for medication which could save her life.

Abi Longfellow

Abi Longfellow spends 10 hours a day on dialysis because of liver failure and has been told she can't have a drug which could save her life because her illness Dense Deposit Disease is too rare to be covered by the NHS England funding policy. Now Simon Cowell has joined more than 180,000 others who have got behind the campaign.

High levels of tooth decay among children in Hull

Nearly 600 children in East Yorkshire have had rotting teeth removed under general anaesthetic in the last year according to a new report. The Teeth Team report revealed that children as young as two-years-old had undergone multiple extractions because of tooth decay. The team is now calling for the introduction of fluoride varnish for children aged three to 11 to be included in plans to improve oral health in Hull. More than 43% of five-year-olds in Hull have tooth decay compared with the national average of 27.9 per cent.

Man charged with manslaughter after Yeadon assault victim dies

A man is due to appear in at Leeds Magistrates Court today following the death of a man who was seriously injured in an assault in Leeds.

Vincent Greaves, 24, from Guiseley, has been charged with the manslaughter of the 52-year-old man who died in Leeds General Infirmary yesterday (4 June) after receiving a serious head injury in an incident in High Street, Yeadon, at about 12.45am in the early hours of Sunday (31/5).

The victim had been in The Aviator public house, in High Street, Yeadon, when a separate altercation took place minutes before he was assaulted in the street.

Detectives are still keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident itself or the circumstances leading up to it.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Constable Andy Smurthwaite or Detective Sergeant Stephen King at Elland Road via 101 or call the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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