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Woman leaps to safety from blazing house

A woman broke her leg as she escaped from a burning house by jumping from an upstairs window.

She was one of three people who escaped from a blaze in King Edward Avenue, Horsforth, Leeds, in the early hours of Christmas Day.

Three fire crews were sent to the blaze following reports that people were trapped in the property.

But, on arrival, the firefighters found a man and two women had managed to get out of the semi-detached house without help.

"The two female occupants had jumped to safety from a first-floor window," said a spokesman for the West Yorkshire Fire Service.

"All the casualties were suffering from smoke inhalation. One of the women had a suspected broken leg."

All three occupants were taken to hospital.

Horsforth library renamed in honour of Olympic heroes

The Old Library in Horsforth is to be renamed in honour of local sporting heroes.

It will be named the Brownlee-Stone Centre in honour of the Brownlee brothers' success at the Olympics and David Stone M.B.E's success at the Paralympics this year.

Both Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, the 2012 Olympic and World Champion triathletes will be at a ceremony at midday today.

"It is fantastic that we have been able to honour these inspiring local athletes in such a way by renaming one of our Council buildings after them.

"The Brownlee brothers will be there to cut the ribbon at the naming ceremony and officially open the building under its new name."

– Local Councillor Brian Cleasby (Lib Dem, Horsforth)


Funny-looking pumpkin has a serious message

Spookley the square pumpkin might look funny, but it has a serious message.

The odd-shaped squashes are being grown at a farm shop near Pontefract, to celebrate Halloween and their own pumpkin festival. But the funny-looking pumpkins also have a serious message, as they are to be used to promote an anti-bullying message.

Nick-named Spookley _– the square pumpkin in a round pumpkin world – was the creation of the American writer Joe Troiano.

Over in America the character Spookley is one of the best-known mascots for anti-bullying.

Heather Copley, of Copley farms near Pontefract, is the first to bring Spookley and the anti-bullying message to the UK.


Scarier than ever!

Lightwater Valley in Ripon has been transformed into a spooky Halloween inspired theme park for tonight Credit: Lightwater Valley

Lightwater Valley is no more! At least until the 4th November as organisers have transformed the theme park into 'Frightwater Valley'.

It's open from 10am until 7pm each day and includes Underworld - a new live action horror maze. They say there's plenty of tricks up their sleeves, and to beware of wandering zombies.

The undead wander amongst the scary rides as Lightwater Valley becomes Frightwater Valley for Halloween tonight Credit: Lightwater Valley

Frights and delights at Horsforth house

A couple have turned their home in Horsforth, Leeds into a Halloween horror house. Each room has been turned in to the stuff of nightmares, with tricks or treats around every corner!

Rod Dawson and his wife have done this every year to raise money for charity. They take donations on the night.

"We do it because we like to see people's faces and expressions as they wander round the house. It's fun for adults and children and it's not only on Halloween, because after that the money goes to a really good cause."

– Rod Dawson, owner of 'Halloween House'

Last year they say they had 1400 visitors all on the one night, and this year they say, will be extra special as they are soon to move away. This year all the funds raised will go to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity.

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