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Payout after half marathon fiasco

The water company involved in this year’s botched Sheffield Half Marathon has agreed to make a contribution to charity after the race was cancelled.

April’s race was axed at the last minute because of insufficient water supplies - although many runners completed the 13-mile course anyway because they could not hear the tannoy announcements.

In the days after the cancelled race, supplier Water Direct said it was not paid by Sheffield Marathon Ltd - but organisers said they were never told to pay in advance.

Voluntary organisers - who came under intense fire for the botched event from thousands of runners and community leaders, as well as international headlines - announced in June that they would not be putting it on again.

Today the former committee released a statement which said: “Following the cancellation of the Sheffield Half marathon event on April 6, Stourbridge Water Direct Limited and The Sheffield Marathon Limited have reached an agreement in conclusion of all matters arising under which a contribution will be made to The Sheffield Marathon Limited for distribution to each of the nominated charities.

“No further comment will be made by either party.”

Daylight robbery gang snatch £20,000

A gang of robbers have been filmed on CCTV deliberately crashing into the car of a businessman before snatching thousands of pounds from his car.

The robbers are thought to have struck twice in the Lidget Green area of Bradford on Monday morning.

In the second mugging, the robbers snatched bags of cash from two female shop workers as they walked to the local post office to deposit the takings. One of the women was punched in the face as she gave chase.

It is thought more than £20,000 has been snatched in the two robberies.

The first attack happened shortly after 10.20am on Monday as the 65-year-old owner of a local business was driving in Horton Grange Road. He was driving slowly when a silver Volkswagen Golf hit the back of his car.

The victim got out and an Asian man got out of the Golf, talked to him, then struck him in the chest. Another man then grabbed a bag of money from the victim's car.

Police believe the robbery gang are targeting business people taking cash to be deposited.

One of the robbers is described as in his mid 20s, of medium build, about 6ft tall and was wearing blue jeans and possibly a black and grey hooded top.

Detectives want to trace a silver saloon-type car with a 52 registration plate, as well as the people who were travelling in it.

They are urging businesses to review how they transport their cash takings, varying the times and routes of their trips.

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Charity makes plea for support as thousands of householders face eviction

The housing and homelessness charity Shelter is warning high housing costs are pushing more and more families in our region "to the brink".

The charity has just published a report revealing thousands of householders - the equivalent to 46 every day in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire - were at risk of repossession or eviction in the past year.

A spokesman said Shelter is struggling to meet demand for its services and is calling for support so that it can help more people stay in their homes.

"46 households at risk of losing their home every day is 46 too many. Each one of these will have had their lives turned upside down by this experience, as they faced seeing their home, the foundation of their life, ripped away from underneath them.

"Tragically we are seeing more and more people coming to us for help, people who have been struggling to make ends meet and then just one change of circumstances has pushed them spiralling towards homelessness.

"We urgently need people's support so we can help more people in the area avoid the nightmare of losing their home."

– Campbell Robb, Shelter

Dozens of householders face losing their homes every day

Dozens of householders in the Calendar region face losing their homes every day, according to research.

The report, by charity Shelter, is based on data from the Ministry of Justice.

It found that in the past year more than 16,800 homes in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire were at risk of eviction or repossession, the equivalent of 46 every day.

In the East Midlands, the figure was 43 every day.

It also identified the latest hotspots across the region where people are most likely to face losing their home, with North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire topping the list. Other hotspots in the region's top ten included Sheffield, Hull and Bradford.

Corporal eyes half marathon target

An RAF corporal is challenging himself to run 13 miles in one hour and 45 minutes to raise funds for blind military veterans.

William Moore, from Moortown in Leeds, is taking part in his first half marathon to help Blind Veterans UK.

William, 30, took up running earlier this year after moving to Leeds to work in the RAF Careers office.

He said: "I've always been into staying fit so running was an obvious choice.

"After I moved it also proved a good way to explore my new city."

William joined the RAF in 2001 and after two years of training at RAF Cosford he was stationed at RAF Lyneham, RAF Coningsby and RAF Leeming. He joined the RAF Careers office six months ago.

He said: "The opportunity came up to join the RAF Careers and this way I can share my experiences with those who are interested in joining.

"I get to give something back, not only for the RAF but also for the charities that help our veterans.

"I have the chance to raise vital funds and support others whilst at the same time highlighting how important it is to give back to our veterans."

William is running four times a week as part of his training for the Great North Run, which takes place on September 7. To sponsor William, visit www.justgiving.com/will-moore1984.

Assets order for ex-Leeds Utd chief

A High Court judge has barred a former football club boss accused of fraud from dealing in his assets.

Mr Justice Males today imposed an asset freezing order on former Leeds United managing director David Haigh at a High Court hearing in London.

Former Leeds United managing director David Haigh
Former Leeds United managing director David Haigh has had his UK assets frozen Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The judge was told that Mr Haigh was facing allegations of "false invoice fraud" in criminal and civil proceedings in Dubai.

And lawyers representing a finance company which has taken civil court action applied for a freezing order relating to any assets Mr Haigh owned in England and Wales.

They said Mr Haigh owned a house in Cornwall and was thought to have money in a number of bank accounts.

Mr Justice Males imposed an interim asset freezing order.

He said he was satisfied that GFH Capital had a "good arguable case" and said there was evidence of a "risk of a dissipation of assets".

The judge also said Mr Haigh was known to operate through "overseas trusts and offshore companies".

He said one company, Sport Capital, was based in Guernsey.

The judge, who was told of Mr Haigh's links to Leeds, heard that a similar asset freezing order had already been made by a court in Dubai.

Mr Haigh has denied wrongdoing - and his lawyers today objected to Mr Justice Males making an asset freezing order.

Lawyers told Mr Justice Males how Mr Haigh had said he had been "framed".

And the judge said Mr Haigh might mount a "full defence in due course".

Mr Haigh had been in prison in Dubai since May, the judge heard.

Lawyers said after the hearing that Mr Haigh had been remanded in custody pending trial after being accused of false invoice fraud in criminal proceedings.

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Financial advice to be given at food banks

People turning to food banks in the Calendar region will be offered financial advice after new research showed an 'alarming' increase in those suffering money problems.

The pilot scheme is being launched by the Trussell Trust across its 400 food banks.

The move follows a six-figure donation by money saving expert Martin Lewis and may lead to the biggest change in how the charity's network of 400 food banks operates since the trust was launched in 2000:

Families trapped in debt

Hundreds of thousands of children in Yorkshire and The Humber are living in families trapped by debt, research by The Children’s Society and StepChange Debt Charity has revealed.

One in five families in debt
One in five families in debt

A new study shows that 132,922 families in the region – 20% of the total – are failing to keep up with household bills and loan repayments.

It means an estimated 231,000 local children are living in families with problem debt. Each struggling family is behind on payments by an average of £4,229 and across the region families owe a total of £562m in bills and loans.

An investigation by The Children’s Society and StepChange Debt Charity earlier this year found that debt puts stress on family relationships and traps families in a downward spiral of borrowing.

Claim: North misses out on infrastructure spending

A leading think-tank says the north of England is missing out on public infrastructure spending.

IPPR North research showed that spending per person was significantly lower outside of London with the East Midlands, including Lincolnshire, among the lowest on the list.

IPPR North say the imbalance is a result of big projects in the capital such as Crossrail, Thames link and the average cost of a project in London is £1.2 billion compared to £83 million in the North East.

Spending per head in regions is shown below:

  • £5,426 per head in London
  • £1,248 per head in the North West
  • £614 per head in the East of England
  • £581 per head in Yorkshire & the Humber
  • £502 per head in the South East
  • £474 per head in the South West
  • £438 per head in the East Midlands
  • £389 per head in the West Midlands
  • £223 per head in the North East

The report says the north must come up with its own ideas for major projects and take the lead in transforming local economies.

The Government says it is working to tackle "decades of underinvestment" and is looking to create a "northern economic powerhouse."

A key part of the government’s long term economic plan is reversing the decades of underinvestment in this country’s infrastructure. As the Chancellor has made clear, we have an opportunity to build a northern economic powerhouse by better connecting the cities in the North of England. This will be a centrepiece of the Autumn Statement, working with city leaders to deliver new infrastructure, new transport, and new local powers.

– Treasury spokesperson
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