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Cycling legend Robinson given crash payout

British cycling legend Brian Robinson has received £15,000 compensation after a car knocked him off his bike in West Yorkshire.

Brian at the start of the Tour de Yorkshire in Wakefield in May

Robinson was left with a fractured collarbone and ribs, a punctured lung and a deep cut to his arm when he was in collision with the car during a bike ride with friends last year.

But the 84-year-old, who was the first Briton to win a Tour de France stage and still rides 80 miles a week, was back in the saddle just six weeks after the accident.

The collision happened on July 16 last year, less than a fortnight after the veteran road racer was one of the guests of honour when the Tour de France visited his home county of Yorkshire.

Robinson, who won his first Tour stage in 1958, was cycling with friends in Thornhill when the car pulled out in front of him, knocking him to the ground.

Law firm Leigh Day confirmed that Robinson had received a £15,000 settlement for the costs of his bike and his injuries.

Andrew Bradley, head of the cycling team at Leigh Day, said: "Cycling is Brian's life and we are extremely pleased to have played a role in getting him back on his bike. It has also been an honour to have helped a legend of the cycling world in his legal claim."

Robinson, from Mirfield, West Yorkshire, said: "I would have preferred that it had not happened but I have been pleasantly surprised by how this incident has been handled through my British Cycling membership.

"I have had a great medical once-over and I am obviously pleased with the compensation which has enabled me to get back on my bike as quickly as possible."

Humber Bridge electronic toll system delayed

The introduction of an electronic toll system on the Humber Bridge has been delayed until later this year.

Credit: Press Association

The project was forecast to be finished by spring but has suffered setbacks due to the increase in customers since the tolls were reduced in 2012.

The multi-million pound project, which will introduce the UK's first hybrid electronic toll collection (ETC) and open-road tolling system to the bridge will see motorists who apply for a HumberTag account able to pay the toll automatically using an electronic tag linked to a personal online account.

Peter Hill from the Humber Bridge Board says more people using the bridge has slowed the work down:



IPCC refers investigation over 'improper surveillance' on Christopher Alder's family to prosecutors

The Independent Police Complaints Commission says it has referred its investigation into possible "improper surveillance" by Humberside Police on Christopher Alder's family to prosecutors.

Christopher Alder

Christopher Alder died in police custody 16 years ago.The former paratrooper died in Queen's Gardens police station. An inquest jury ruled he had been unlawfully killed. It later emerged his body had lain in a mortuary for 11 years while a woman's body had been buried in his grave. His sister Janet says she will never give up her fight for justice for her brother.

The IPCC has concluded its investigation into potential improper surveillance conducted by Humberside Police on Janet Alder and another person. The IPCC has decided to refer its report to the Crown Prosecution Service for consideration of whether any individuals may have committed a criminal offence. It would be inappropriate for the IPCC to comment further at this stage.

– IPCC statement

Hessle Road fishwives to be honoured by Hull Mayor

Four women whose 1960s trawler safety campaign saved thousands of lives are being honoured in Hull today.

Trawlers moored in Hull's docks in 1968 Credit: Press Association

Hundreds of Hessle Road fishwives led by the four took their protest from the city's docksides to the heart of government. Their plaques will be unveiled at the city's Maritime Museum this evening.

Lillian Bilocca, Christine Jensen MBE, Mary Denness and Yvonne Blenkinsop protested following the city's Triple Trawler disaster in 1968 when three ships,the St Romanus, Kingston Peridot and Ross Cleveland perished in fewer than three weeks. Fifty-eight men died.

Only one man, Harry Eddom, mate of Ross Cleveland, survived.

The ceremony coincides with what would have been the late Lillian Bilocca's 86th birthday and a book will be launched documenting the women and their achievements.

Film maker's former home reopened as social housing

The house where famous British film maker J Arthur Rank was born is being officially opened today in Hull.

Film maker's former home reopened as social housing Credit: Press Association

Not-for-profit organisation Probe has transformed the formerly derelict building into social housing.

It is all part of a number of projects leading to the regeneration of Hull in time for the City of Culture.

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