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Police seek vital witness to collision

North Yorkshire Police investigating a collision between a bicycle and a car in Bishop Monkton have identified a key witness they would like to speak to.

Officers are trying to trace a woman with brown hair tied back in a ponytail, who was walking an Alsatian-type dog close to the scene of the collision, which occurred at the crossroads of Knaresborough Road, Hungate and Moor Road at around 6pm on Thursday 3 July 2014.

The rider of the cycle, a 15-year-old local girl was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary after sustaining life-changing injuries when she collided with a blue Audi estate car, which was travelling along Knaresborough Road towards Ripon.

Officers are urging the woman walking the dog or any other witnesses to the collision to come forward with information.


Police appeal over missing pensioner

Police are appealing for help in locating a 75 year-old man who is missing from his home in Hull.

Missing pensioner John Bull
Pensioner John Bull who has not been seen since Monday Credit: Humberside Police

John Bull of Anlaby Road, was reported missing yesterday afternoon but he has not been seen since 5.40pm on Monday.

He is described as 5ft 1 tall with a slim build with grey receding hair and a full grey beard and moustache. He is believed to be wearing a brown tweed jacket with a grey jumper underneath, black trousers and black shoes.

Patient slams IVF "postcode lottery" in York

A woman from York who has been struggling to conceive naturally for three years says she and many women like her in the city are the victims of a postcode lottery within the NHS.

Karen Boardman spoke after the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group, which decides on NHS spending in the area, voted to keep a ban on fertility treatment because of a shortage of money.

Karen, who is 34, is now preparing with her husband Pete to spend up to £6,000 of their own money to have private fertility treatment. Success rates are low, and she had hoped she would be offered a second chance on the NHS - but that is now unlikely to happen.

The Commissioning Group, which says around 110 childless couples are expected to seek NHS IVF treatment each year at a total cost of £2 million, will consider the issue again early next Spring:

11-year-old's cross-country challenge in memory of dad

An 11-year-old who lost his father to cancer is celebrating after completing a lengthy challenge.

James Goldberg, from Wike near in Leeds, whose father Richard died a year ago, wanted to do something to support the charity which had helped his family.

James (left) and his friends on their ride
James (left) and his friends on their ride

James and school friends Benjie Ambler, Adam Best, Finlay Bruce and Oli Walton have just finished a127-mile bike ride along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in aid of Cancer Research UK.


Legionnaires' disease: street in Grimsby connects cases

Health officials in North East Lincolnshire are continuing to investigate four confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the Grimsby area.

It has been discovered those who contracted it had been around Freeman Street before being diagnosed.

“No further cases have been reported and no source of the infection has been confirmed to date. However, our investigations have shown that all four cases had been in the area around Freeman Street in Grimsby in the period before they became ill.

"Therefore we are working closely with colleagues at North East Lincolnshire Council, the Health and Safety Executive and the NHS in North East Lincolnshire to focus our investigations on this area at the moment.”

– Dr Simon Padfield, Public Health England in Humberside

York fertility campaigner: "How can they do this?"

An IVF campaigner from York says she is devastated by the decision by NHS bosses in the city not to fund the treatment.

Karen Boardman, 34, from Heworth, has fought against what she calls the "postcode lottery" regarding the treatment, and helps run the York Fertility Network group.

In June, the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group's governing body agreed a policy of offering one cycle of IVF to people who met their criteria. But last night NHS managers said there was not enough money to fund the service.

Mrs Boardman said: "I don't know how they can snatch it away from us."

Cancer drug funding appeal rejected for the third time

A cancer sufferer's appeal for the NHS to pay for a drug she says is prolonging her life has been turned down for the third time.

Laura Loftus, from Leeds, is battling the health service, and also having to personally pay for the treatment at a cost of one thousand pounds a week.

She told ITV Calendar she is refusing to give up her fight for good health and her battle for the NHS to pick up the bill.

Tina Gelder reports:

York health chiefs backtrack on IVF

“I am delighted that the Governing Body has formally agreed the criteria, which now means that for the first time in five years, IVF is now going to be available to couples in the local area.”

– Dr Emma Broughton, Vale of York CCG, speaking in June

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the CCG’s Governing Body has voted to temporarily defer the commissioning of IVF services in the Vale of York for 2014-15.

– Dr Tim Hughes, Vale of York CCG, speaking today
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