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Actor takes on marathon number 13

Actor George Telfer is preparing to take on his 13th marathon in his home town of Chesterfield.

Actor George Telfer prepares to tackle his 13th marathon Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The star, best known for his roles in the Auton film series and Emmerdale, will join 1,000 runners today at the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon .

George, 52, has previously completed 10 London marathons, eight of them in aid of children's charity Whizz-Kidz.

He has also completed the Kielder Marathon and the York Marathon.

It feels fantastic to be running in Chesterfield. I've been running lots of routes here for years so it's great to do an official run.

"I train all year round, normally around three or four times a week. I just love to run, I love it that bit more every year. It's become part of my daily life."

– George Telfer

The Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon will raise funds for Kids 'n' Cancer UK, as well as other charities including Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity.

Tunnel plans for Humber estuary

Residents of Humberside are being invited to view proposals for a mutli-million pound tunnel that is set to be created under the River Humber.

National Grid Gas is seeking the Government's permission to lay a high-pressure natural gas pipeline under the river which will connect the existing installations at Goxhill and Paull, on the North Bank.

They will be held at East Halton Village Hall, Townside, on Friday, September 26, from 3pm to 7pm; and at Goxhill Memorial Hall, Chapel Street, on Saturday, September 27, from noon to 4pm.


Bridge concessions for cancer patients

The Humber Bridge Board has announced plans to trial concessionary tolls for cancer patients who live South of the Humber Estuary to access medical treatment at the oncology department at Castle Hill Hospital, in East Yorkshire.

The Humber Bridge Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The six-month trial period, which will start on Wednesday 1st October 2014, will allow those who have no choice but to receive treatment on the north bank to be reimbursed for the Humber Bridge tolls. It will apply to those who require more than 12 separate appointments for a course of treatment.

The concessions will be made via pre-paid tickets, which will be given to patients and can be exchanged for future use of the Humber Bridge.

These will be held by the reception staff at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trusts, specifically for this trial at the oncology department in Castle Hill Hospital. They will be provided on the basis of two tickets per patient on each occasion that the patient attends for treatment.

For some time, the Board has considered introducing a concession for cancer patients, so it's great news that the trial has finally been agreed by all Directors and will commence shortly. It's something that is certainly needed and has finally been made possible by the New Humber Bridge Act which allows the Board to take this decision.

"The trial will enable us to test the management of this concession to see how feasible it is in the long-term. It will also be interesting to gather feedback from cancer patients who will benefit from this toll exemption about the positive impact it has. The scheme will be reviewed at the end of the six-month period, to see if any modifications are required."

– Cllr Chris Shaw, Humber Bridge Board chairman

This is a fantastic gesture from the Humber Bridge Board and something that we are sure our patients will welcome. Patients travel from south of the river for very complex and lengthy treatments in the Queen's Centre at castle Hill Hospital, so knowing the cost of their bridge tolls is covered will give them one less thing to worry about, and will serve as a great boost.

"We'd like to thank the Humber Bridge Board for their desire to make this happen. Some of our patients have been calling for exemption from bridge tolls for many years now, including the late Jenny Walton, who was a very strong and passionate campaigner. I'm sure many people will be delighted by this latest news."

– Dr Raj Roy, Clinical Director for the Specialist Services Division and Consultant Clinical Oncologist for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals

"Mr Loophole" calls on police to investigate council leader over Lendal Bridge fines

The country's leading traffic lawyer has called on North Yorkshire's chief constable to investigate the City of York's council leader for theft.

Lawyer Nick Freeman Credit: ITV News

Nick Freeman, aka Mr Loophole, has written to Dave Jones making a formal complaint against Coun James Alexander, over his authority's refusal to automatically reimburse fines to motorists penalised for driving across Lendal Bridge during an "illegal" traffic-calming trial.

The scheme, which designated one of the city's busiest thoroughfares a bus lane between the hours of 10.30am and 5.30pm, resulted in almost 60,000 drivers being fined. This netted the authority more than £1.3 million in revenue in just six months.

However the trial, which ran from August 2013 until February 2014, was abandoned after it became clear the council had acted unlawfully and the signage was ruled to be "ambiguous, inadequate and confusing".

Despite agreeing to reimburse fines to those motorists who actively contact the authority, a senior scrutiny committee voted last month against automatically refunding everyone.

Of those drivers fined, it is estimated that some 85 percent are tourists, meaning that many may still be unaware of the illegality of the penalty handed to them.

Mr Freeman claimed that the council's decision to only reimburse those who contact them was a "deliberate ploy to avoid repaying these unlawfully obtained monies".

Mr Freeman, whose clients include England striker Danny Welbeck and comedian Jimmy Carr, has said:

Prior to the scrutiny meeting, I publicly stated that it was incumbent on the authority to refund all monies. After all, it is not as if they haven't got everyone's details! However, the course of action it has taken will result in the council retaining the balance of all non-refunded monies. This constitutes an offence of theft contrary to sections 1 and 7 of the Theft Act 1968. I have written to Chief Constable Dave Jones making a formal complaint against City of York leader, Coun James Alexander. I have also asked him to keep me appraised of the outcome of his force's investigation.

– Nick Freeman

In a statement, the council said:

The standard democratic process has been followed in this decision making process and was held in a fair, open and transparent way. The decision to require an application to the council, to enable repayment of fines, is legally sound and has been agreed by a leading QC.

– Andy Docherty, head of legal

Police appeal after Pontefract armed robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery in Pontefract town centre.

Four men entered Kingston Jewellers on Ropergate this afternoon around 2.35pm. One of the men was brandishing a firearm.

The group threatened staff then stole a large quantity of jewellery before making off in a burgundy coloured Rover 75 estate car.

This car was found a little later burning on wasteland adjacent to Wakefield Road at the junction with Jubilee Way.

We are actively searching for these men and advise anyone who may see them not to approach them.

“We are also looking for a silver Vauxhall Astra estate in connection with this robbery.

“Staff at the shop were shaken but thankfully no-one was hurt.

“If anyone has any information about who these people are, witnessed the robbery take place, or indeed saw the cars involved could they please call me on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

– Det. Insp Steve Greenbank, Wakefield CID


Morrisons profits take 51% dive

Profits at Morrisons have dived by more than half after the supermarket chain's sales were savaged in the industry's ongoing price war.

Morrisons profits take 51% dive Credit: Press Association

Like-for-like sales slumped by 7.4% in the half-year to August 3, while underlying profits dropped 51% to #181 million as the Bradford-based company committed more money to lowering its prices.

It is six months into a three-year turnaround plan involving an "enormous amount of change and modernisation" but said it was too early to see the impact of this work on sales.

Conditions are tough, and the industry is going through unprecedented change.

– Sir Ian Gibson, Chairman

Tesco and Morrisons have been the major casualties in the recent shake-up of the sector, with Tesco recently cutting its half-year dividend payment by 75% in order to preserve funds for new chief executive Dave Lewis. Morrisons said today that its financial position remained strong and that it would increase its interim dividend payment by 5%.

Although it is too early to see the benefits of the three-year plan in the sales line, Morrisons is getting back on the front foot, and implementing change and innovation at real pace throughout the business

– Dalton Philips, Morrisons Chief Executive
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First-half profits at Morrisons slump by 51%

Britain's fourth largest supermarket Morrisons has announced a 51 per cent slump in its first-half profits as it posted its lowest figures for eight years.

Morrisons trails Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's in annual sales. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The Bradford-based group said it made an underlying pre-tax profit of £181 million in the six months to Aug. 3.

Turnover fell 4.9 per cent to £8.5 billion, while sales at stores - excluding fuel and VAT sales tax - fell 7.4 per cent.

Councillors debate spending £320m grant

Councillors in Sheffield are to debate plans to spend £320 million of Government funding.

Councillors in Sheffield are to debate plans to spend £320 million of Government funding.

The money was awarded to the city as part of the City Deal and was the fifth largest amount awarded across the country.

The plans include provisions for 28,000 new jobs and training for 40,000 in the Sheffield area.

In Sheffield, the City Deal agreed in 2012 has seen the city record numbers of young people in apprenticeships and has finally provided a route forward for the planned New Retail Quarter. As result of Liberal Democrat action in Government, we've seen a record fall in youth unemployment and a record number of people in Sheffield in work.

The Growth Deal announced this summer provides Sheffield City Region with another £320 million cash boost. We need to make sure that local leaders once again make the most of this investment. That's why we're calling for a debate this week on the plans to use this cash to deliver jobs and growth.

– Cllr Colin Ross, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group
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