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Ben Parkinson walks a mile

Former paratrooper Ben Parkinson has conquered yet another seemingly-impossible challenge.

The 30-year-old from Doncaster, whose parents were told he would probably not survive after being caught in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, has now walked a mile. And this has inspired another feat of endurance in his name.

Tina Gelder joined Ben at his home to find out more:

Milestone walk for Ben Parkinson

Milestone for Ben

Ben Parkinson - the most badly injured British soldier to have survived the battlefield - has reached another milestone. Ben who is from Doncaster has been recovering from over 40 injuries he got in a bomb blast in Afghanistan eight years ago.

He has come a long way since then, thanks to his sheer iron will and determination. And now he has managed to walk a mile. It has surprised everyone - except Ben himself.

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Ben Parkinson does the honours at family gala day

Britain's most badly injured surviving solider Ben Parkinson from Doncaster did the honours today at Edenthorpe Junior Football Club's family gala day.

Ben Parkinson Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Ben was on hand to present the trophies and chat with the young players.

He said: "Doncaster has been really good to me so I feel I have to give something back."

It comes as Ben continues special oxygen therapy to speed his recovery and help him prepare for his next fund raising challenge which will see the former paratrooper kayak 451 miles down Canada’s Yukon river in September.

Young volunteers honoured in Doncaster

Doncaster's young volunteers have been recognised for their contribution to the local community at a Volunteer Awards Presentation at the Mansion House.

Young volunteers in Doncaster

33 young people were honoured for their work. They have volunteered a total of 2800 hours between. Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, attended the event and presented the young people with their awards.

As a child I travelled from Kenya with my family to live in England; my parents wanted a better life for me in a country that provided a good education, more opportunities and equality. I saw a DVD in a school assembly about the Youth Council and young people having a voice to help make a difference for children and young people. As a Youth Councillor I’ve taken part in training sessions, building my confidence and communication skills. Volunteering has given me so much, it has opened up more opportunities and has benefitted my life. I want to give something back, I want to improve our futures and volunteering has helped me to do this.

– Rachel, a 15-year-old volunteer

Missing man may be in Doncaster

A 46-year-old man missing from Scotland may be in the Doncaster area, police have said.

Credit: Police Scoland

Craig Moverley was last seen in the Charleston/Kinmylies area of Inverness at around 2300 hours on Sunday 10th May 2015.

He is described as about 5ft 8in in height and of slim build. He has dark brown hair, with a pony tail and is clean shaven.

Mr Moverley speaks with an English accent and was last seen wearing jeans, a white t-shirt and may possibly be wearing a black hooded water proof jacket.

He needs glasses to see and also has problems with his balance, so may appear intoxicated. Police say he may be sleeping rough in the Doncaster area.

Anyone who may have information is asked to contact Police Scotland.

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Police appeal after Doncaster sex assault

Police are appealing for information following a reported sexual assault in Edenthorpe, Doncaster, earlier today.

A woman in her 50s reported she was assaulted by a man in woodland off Hungerhill Road at around 10.30am.

The suspect is described as being white, of large build with a balding head. He has weathered skin and is aged between 50 and 60 years old.

Anyone with information is urged to contact South Yorkshire Police.

Reported sexual assault in Doncaster

Police are appealing for information following a reported sexual assault in woodland in Doncaster earlier today. A woman in her 50s reported she was assaulted by a man at around 10.30am off Hungerhill Road in Edenthorpe.

The suspect is described as being white, of large build with a balding head. He has weathered skin and is aged between 50 and 60 years old.

Police are currently in the area carrying out enquiries at the scene. The victim is with police and is being supported by specially-trained officers.

£1.5 million set aside by council for National Rail College

Doncaster Council has made £1.5 million available for the National Rail College development in the town.

£1.5 million set aside by council for National Rail College Credit: Doncaster Council

Capital funding of £1.1 million will be put towards pre-construction preparation, including detailed design work and surveys to support the planning application. That money will be returned to the council when government grant funding is secure later this year.

In addition, £400,000 has been approved for the development of the curriculum and developing opportunities for people in the area to access the college when it is up and running.

The College is fundamental to the rail sector's future and Doncaster is right at the heart of it. I am committed to driving our economy forward and the National College of High Speed Rail will continue to do just that. It will enable our existing world-class rail companies to flourish and be a magnet for attracting new private sector investment. This combination of benefits will in turn deliver high quality jobs and sustained economic growth for residents across the borough and wider Sheffield City Region. It is tremendous news that such good progress is being made with this key project.

– Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster
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