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Fifth person charged over botched drugs plot

A man from Ilkley is the fifth person to be charged in Britain over an international cocaine bust off Ireland last year.

James Andrew Hill, 30, was arrested by officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) at his home in Hampshire Close, Ilkley, on Tuesday over the Makayabella sting.

The luxury yacht was intercepted after crossing the Atlantic from Caribbean waters with about a tonne of cocaine on board worth about £160m.

Hill was charged with conspiring to import Class A drugs and was remanded in custody following an appearance at Wakefield Magistrates' Court, the NCA said.

He is due before Leeds Crown Court on July 15.

The Makayabella was intercepted in poor conditions by Irish authorities 200 miles off the south-west coast of Ireland last September.

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Ilkley Lido reopens with a splash

Thousands of bathers are expected to make a splash at Ikley Lido over the summer after it reopened this Bank Holiday weekend.

Voted one of the top ten open air pools in the country, the Lido celebrates its 80th anniversary this year and will be open every day until the end of summer.

Chris Lamb, a lifeguard at the pool, says they are expecting more than 140,000 people:

Pensioner's body recovered from river in Ilkley

The body of an 89-year-old woman has been recovered from a river in Ilkley.

A walker raised the alarm at about 8.30 yesterday morning after making the discovery in the River Wharfe.

A walker raised the alarm at about 8.30 yesterday morning after making the discovery in the River Wharfe.

Police have confirmed that the pensioner was from Ilkley but have yet to release her identity. The circumstances surrounding her death remain unclear but it's not being treated as suspicious. The Coroner's office has been informed and an inquest will be held at a future date.

Three further arrests in yacht drugs probe

Three men have been arrested in West Yorkshire as part of Operation AFTERMAST, the ongoing NCA investigation following the seizure of around a tonne of cocaine from the yacht Makayabella by the Irish authorities in September 2014.

The men, aged 31, 29 and 27, were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to import class A drugs at two addresses in Ilkley and one in Leeds on Tuesday 28 April. The warrants were executed with assistance from West Yorkshire Police.

All three were questioned and have been bailed pending further enquiries until 28 August.

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Grouse shooting row at one of Yorkshire's most famous beauty spots

The campaign by anti-blood sport supporters to ban the tradition of grouse shooting on one of Yorkshire's most famous beauty spots

A petition is to be handed to Bradford Council tomorrow which aims to silence the guns on Ilkley Moor.

Campaigners claim it is having an adverse affect on other wldlife - but those who organise the shoots say it is a good way of managing the countryside Chris Kiddey reports.

Anti-bloodsports campaigners to petition council for shooting ban

Anti-bloodsports campaigners will present a petition to Bradford council tomorrow calling for a ban on grouse shooting on one of Yorkshire's most famous moorlands.

They want the 'sport' to be banned on Ilkley Moor. But those who organise the shoots say it is a good way of manging the countryside.

Captain Edward Bromet, from Bingley Moor Partnership and Luke Steel from Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor have been talking to Calendar about both sides of the debate.

Two airlifted to hospital during Le Tour

Yorkshire Ambulance Service say two people have been airlifted to hospital today following incidents as they watched the Tour de France.

A teenage boy was in collision with a vehicle in Leeds Road in Ilkley, suffering a leg injury. He was initially treated by medical team from the Tour de France but was then taken by helicopter to hospital.

Shortly before that a woman had to be airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary after falling through a roof in Chapel Hill, Skipton, as she watched the Tour de France. It's thought she suffered a head injury.

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