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West Yorkshire’s Police to donate £40,000 to flood victims

West Yorkshire Police are to give £40,000 to West Yorkshire flood victims.

Flooding devastation in Mytholmroyd Credit: ITV News

The money will be used to support the most vulnerable victims in all affected areas.

The floods which devastated parts of Calderdale, Leeds and Bradford on Boxing Day left an untold amount of damage across the areas which affected thousands of local people.

The one-off donation will be made via the Calderdale and Leeds Community foundations who have both established a flood appeal in conjunction with their local Councils.

I have thanked West Yorkshire Police for leading the initial co-ordination of the response to the flooding in West Yorkshire through the local resilience multi-agency forum. The response was a credit to them and the other emergency services involved and particularly to our communities who rallied round tremendously to help. I have personally seen some of the devastation caused by the floods and have been able to visit some of the areas and organisations that have helped support the victims and businesses with the clean-up. I am delighted that we are able to provide this money to help support the most vulnerable people impacted by the floods.

– West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson


Police appeal to find missing Hull man

Police are appealing for help to find a man who has gone missing from Hull.

Steven Wallace, 25, who has gone missing from Hull Credit: Humberside Police

Steven Wallace, was last seen on January 29 in the Maxim Close area of Hull where he is known to have got out of a taxi shortly after 11pm that evening.

No further contact has been made with friends or family since then and concern is now raised for Steven’s welfare as this is out of character.

He is described as being white, 6ft1ins tall and of broad build. He has a tanned complexion and short, light brown curly hair and is clean shaven.

Man who abused woman in 'horrific' ordeal jailed for 14 years

A man who abused a young woman in an "horrific" ordeal which a Hull Crown Court judge described as one of the worst he has ever seen has been jailed for 14 years.

Jaroslaw Jablonski

Jaroslaw Jablonski, who's 36 and from Hull, "humiliated" his victim over several hours after tying her hands with tape at a property last year.

The attack only ended when the woman hit him with a flower pot and was able to run away.

He had admitted assault but was unanimously convicted by a jury of rape, sexual offences, and making a threat to kill after a week-long trial.

Judge Paul Watson QC, described the case as one of the worst he has ever seen. Jailing him for a total 14 years at Hull Crown Court, the judge told him:

What happened was, in my judgement, not about sexual gratification - it was about humiliation, degradation and control.

"As well as raping her, you abused her in an horrific manner and forced her to commit humiliating and degrading acts upon you and herself.

"I have to say that in 40 years of criminal practice, I have rarely, if ever, encountered such a brutal and sustained and degrading attack upon a young woman. "

– Judge Paul Watson QC


Poll: Are you concerned about increases in insurance due to flooding?

The fierce storms and torrential downpours in the last month of 2015 contributed to the wettest month in the UK since records began - despite record warmth for a December.

A riverside office is left stranded alongside an abandoned car in the middle of floodwater at Acaster Malbis near York. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

ITV Calendar News is working with insurance bosses, to investigate whether homeowners who escaped the floods will see a rise in premiums. And how much people who did get flooded can expect to pay.

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Hull City Council to launch 'Sugar Smart' campaign

Hull City Council is set to launch a 'sugar smart' campaign to promote healthier living for parents and children.

Credit: Press Association

The launch will include a cooking demonstration and activities led by Public Health England (PHE) around the hidden sugars in food at a primary school in the city.

They say the aim is to encourage parents and children to take control of their daily sugar intake.

The Sugar Smart campaign is part of the Change 4 Life initiative aimed at improving the health of the nation.

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