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Man bailed over posting offensive video on social media

A 19-year-old man arrested in connection with an offensive video posted on a social media website has tonight been released on bail.

“We appreciate and understand the distress this video has caused and I would like to reassure residents of both West Yorkshire and elsewhere that we are taking this matter extremely seriously and progressing this investigation as quickly as possible.

“Due to the nature of this offence, any decision to charge must be taken by the Director of Public Prosecutions. We are currently preparing an advice file which we will be submitting to the Crown Prosecution Service in due course. In the meantime the arrested man has been released on bail to an alternative location.

“We are aware of strong feelings expressed by a number of people in response to this video. We would again urge people to allow this investigation to run its course and remind members of the public that we will take robust action against anyone who acts outside of the law.”

– Supt Mabs Hussain, Leeds District Police

Siemens reaches first jobs milestone

Job centre staff in Hull say they are confident the city can shake off its image of having one of the worst unemployment rates in the country.

It comes as figures today revealed the Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire region as a whole has the second highest rate of people out of work in the UK. That's despite improving numbers which show there are fewer people out of work than this time three months ago.

Today, the first 14 of the one thousand jobs due to be created at Siemens were advertised as part of its multi million pound investment in Hull. But as Fiona Dwyer reports the people helping job seekers say they don't have to wait for work.


Plans for national engineering college unveiled by Cable

Plans for a world-class engineering college in South Yorkshire have been unveiled today by the Business Secretary Vince Cable.

In future, there will be 400 apprentices every year trained at the National College for Advanced Manufacturing.

Mr Cable made the announcement during a visit to a training centre at Catcliffe between Rotherham and Sheffield, where the new college will be based. David Hirst reports.

Cable announces new UK manufacturing college in South Yorks

Plans for a world-class advanced manufacturing college in South Yorkshire have been announced today by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Mr Cable announced the ambitious multi-million pounds development for a new National College for Advanced Manufacturing during a visit to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Training Centre at Catcliffe, where the new college will be based.

Steel City chosen for new national advanced manufacturing college

Plans for a world-class advanced manufacturing college in Sheffield are set to be unveiled today.

Business secretary Vince Cable will announce that a new National College for Advanced Manufacturing will have its headquarters in Sheffield.

Mr Cable will unveil the plans during a visit to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Training Centre, in Catcliffe, which will become the location of the college’s headquarters.

The Government will work with High Value Manufacturing Catapult and the Engineering Employers Federation to set up the college, which will collaborate with the best established providers.

“Economic growth is underpinned by technological innovation, a strong manufacturing sector and scientific excellence.

“The UK can no longer afford to lag behind countries like France and Germany, which have invested heavily in technical skills at the highest level for generations.

“This new facility puts Sheffield and its surrounding area at the heart our nationwide drive to create the high-wage, high-skilled jobs of the future.

“It will give young people the opportunity to access the best industry-led training as well as help local firms attract the talent they need to grow their business.”

– Vince Cable , Business Secretary


Richard III - case closed after 529 years

An international research team has confirmed today that the skeleton discovered under a car park in Leicester is the remains of King Richard III, closing what is probably the UK’s oldest forensic case.

Richard III

Scientists carried out key parts of the analysis at the University of York and the research team included members of the Department of Biology at York.

Led by Dr Turi King, from the University of Leicester, the research which is published in Nature Communications, traced seven living relatives of Richard III – two by the female line and five by the male line.

The researchers collected DNA from Richard III’s living relatives and analysed several genetic markers, including the complete mitochondrial genomes, inherited through the maternal line, and Y-chromosomal markers, inherited through the paternal line, from both the skeletal remains and the living relatives.

While the Y-chromosomal markers differ, the mitochondrial genome shows a genetic match between the skeleton and the maternal line relatives.

The former result is not unsurprising as the chances for a false-paternity event is fairly high after so many generations.

This paper is also the first to carry out a statistical analysis of all the evidence together to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Skeleton 1 from the Greyfriars site in Leicester is indeed the remains of King Richard III.

The researchers also used genetic markers to determine hair and eye colour of Richard III and found that with probably blond hair and almost certainly blue eyes Richard III looked most similar to his depiction in one of the earliest portraits of him that survived, that in the Society of Antiquaries in London.

“Our paper covers all the genetic and genealogical analysis involved in the identification of the remains of Skeleton 1 from the Greyfriars site in Leicester and is the first to draw together all the strands of evidence to come to a conclusion about the identity of those remains.

"Even with our highly conservative analysis, the evidence is overwhelming that these are indeed the remains of King Richard III, thereby closing an over 500 year old missing person’s case.“

– Dr Turi King

“It’s amazing how much we can deduce from ancient DNA today. Making inferences about hair or eye color of a person just from some DNA snippets obtained from a skeleton would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.”

– Professor Michi Hofreiter, Honorary Professor of Biology at York

“The University of York is immensely proud of its contribution to the Richard III project.

" These exciting results are testimony to the positive collaboration between two great historical cities associated with Richard - Leicester and York – and the crucial part they have played in identifying and commemorating England’s last Yorkist king.“

– Professor Mark Ormrod, of the Department of History at York

Four arrested in international computer hacking investigation

Four people, including three in Leeds, have been arrested in the UK as part of an international operation to combat computer hackers.

Four arrested in international computer hacking investigation Credit: Press Association

Another 11 suspects were also arrested in Estonia, France, Romania, Latvia, Italy and Norway in a series of cross-border raids, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

The operation targeted suspected users of tools known as Remote Access Trojans (RATs), which allow cyber-criminals to gain control over computers, including being able to turn victims' webcams on and off and access banking or other personal information.

Three men were arrested on Thursday in Leeds, aged 33, 30 and 33, while a fourth man was detained in Chatham, in Kent, the NCA said. A search warrant was used on a 19-year-old man, from Liverpool, who was brought in for voluntary questioning.

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