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Osborne hopes Chinese money will transform Yorkshire infrastructure

George Osborne is hoping Chinese money could help transform infrastructure in Yorkshire's cities as part of his "Northern Powerhouse" plan to grow the economy in theregion.

The Chancellor on a trade trip to China has made a pitch for Chinese companies to invest in the HS2 high speed rail link between London - Sheffield and Leeds, as well as regeneration projects in the two Yorkshire cities. Accompanying the Chancellor are council leaders from the Northern Powerhouse cities including Sheffield and Leeds.

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Botanist comes out of coma after contracting deadly virus from mosquito bite

A leading botanist from Malton in North Yorkshire who was struck down by a deadly virus while working in China has come out of a coma.

Dr Sophie Williams

31-year-old Dr Sophie Williams, remains on life support but is showing signs of recognising her family and friends. She contracted Japanese encephalitis while carrying out research last month and has been flown to Liverpool for treatment. Her family say they'll be meeting doctors later this week to get an update on Sophie's condition.

Doncaster burglary: CCTV images

Have you seen this man? Credit: South Yorkshire Police
Can you identify this person? Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Police have released CCTV images of two people they would like to speak to in connection with a burglary in Doncaster.

Between 1pm and 2pm on Wednesday 26, June, a burglary took place at a property on Church Croft, Edenthorpe.

Royal Crown Derby China is believed to have been taken Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Officers believe that a substantial quantity of jewellery and Royal Crown Derby china was taken during the burglary. This is believed to be worth around £80,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 545 of 26 June.

Arms Dealer Guilty of shipping 80,000 guns without a licence

An arms dealer from Yorkshire has been found guilty of helping to ship thousands of AK47 assault rifles and millions of rounds of ammunition from China to Nigeria. Gary Hyde, 43, Newton on Derwent, near York, was convicted by a jury at Southwark Crown Court of breaching UK trade controls.

He moved the weapons without a licence and hid more than one million US dollars (£620,460) in commission payments, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said.

The Court heard the delivery from China to Nigeria in 2007 was made up of:

  • 40,000 AK47 assault rifles
  • 30,000 rifles
  • 10,000 9mm pistols
  • 32 million rounds of ammunition

Hyde was convicted after a retrial of two counts of becoming knowingly concerned in the movement of controlled goods. He was also found guilty of one count of concealing criminal property after he was alleged to have hidden the profits in a bank in Liechtenstein.

"Hyde was an experienced arms dealer who thought he could deliberately not comply with the law in order to make some extra money to hide offshore. He knew full well that his activity required a licence but he decided not to comply with the law, and we are delighted that after an extensive investigation he has been bought to justice."

– Peter Millroy from HMRC

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China's Olympic agreement

Liu Aijie, of the Chinese Olympic Committee with Peter Smith, from Leeds City Council

Leading Chinese athletes from eight sports will be coming to Leeds in July and August to train for the London 2012 Olympic Games after an agreement was signed last week.

In a signing ceremony held in Beijing, the Chinese Olympic Committee concluded the negotiations to use Leeds as its official European pre-Games training base.