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Badly injured man is identified and remains critically ill

A man who was seriously injured in a collision with a bus in Leeds yesterday has been identified by police

Officers made a public appeal to identify the man following the incident which happened in Easterly Road, Leeds, at about 7.55am.

He has now been identified as a 61-year-old local man and his family have been informed. He remains in a critical condition in Leeds General Infirmary.


Leeds Festival headliners in exclusive performance

Leeds Festival headliners Biffy Clyro have announced they are to give an exclusive acoustic performance in the city on June 1st.

The trio will perform at both Leeds and Reading festivals for the 10th time this year, and will kick off the summer by bringing a special acoustic set to the Headrow House.

All Reading and Leeds ticket holders will be able to enter a ballot for the chance to win tickets to the gig, with all proceeds to be matched by Leeds Festival and donated to the Martin House children's hospice in Wetherby.

University lecturers to stage 48-hour strike in pay row

University lecturers across our region are set to begin a two-day national walkout today in an ongoing row over pay.

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The strike has been called by the University and College Union (UCU).

Further industrial action will see staff working to contract from this point, which includes refusing to work overtime, set additional work or undertake voluntary tasks such as covering for colleagues.

The move is likely to cause disruption on campuses around the country.


Police appeal to identify badly injured man

Man left in critical condition

Police are appealing for help to identify a man left in a critical condition after an accident on Easterly Road in Leeds this morning. (Tuesday)

The man was involved in a collision with a single decker bus just before 8am near to the junction with Hollin Park Mount. He suffered serious injuries and remains in hospital.

Officers have so far been unable to identify the man and are appealing for anyone who thinks they might know him, or who witnessed the incident to contact them.

He is Asian, in his early 50s, of a large build and 5'10" tall with short balding dark coloured hair. He was wearing a navy blue Nike Air Max jacket with a grey stripe on each sleeve, a grey jumper with thin grey turquoise and navy blue stripes, charcoal grey trousers a navy blue adidas New York Yankees baseball cap, a navy blue Umbro tracksuit top and a black leather belt with 'Ajanta Gold' printed on the back.

He was also wearing size 10 orange and black Everlast Juipiter trainers. Anyone who saw the accident or thinks they know the man is asked to call police on 101 quoting log 229 of Tuesday 24 May.

Accident closes A58 Easterly Road in Leeds

The A58 Easterly Road is closed outbound in Leeds and there is queueing traffic due to a serious accident between Oakwood Lane and Hollin Park Mount. This is affecting traffic heading out of Leeds City Centre towards Roundhay. Police have advised that the road is likely to remain closed for much of the morning.

Victory for baby ashes campaigners in Hull

Parents who have been calling on Hull City Council to hold a local inquiry into the baby ashes scandal are celebrating a victory for their campaign.

Justice Secretary Michael Gove has today written to the council demanding it holds an independent inquiry - similar in extent to the Emstrey inquiry in Shropshire.

Hull MP Diana Johnson and Tina Trowhill met with the Justice Secretary in February

Tina Trowhill, along with Hull North MP Diana Johnson, met with justice secretary Michael Gove in February.

Tina's son William was stillborn in 1994. She was told there would be no ashes, and only in 2014 did she find out there had been - and they had been scattered at a crematorium in the city. She launched a support group and dozens more parents came forward with a similar story.

The meeting with Mr Gove followed an investigation by Calendar, which found the scandal went deeper. It found the ashes of up to 50 babies were still being held at Co-op Funeralcare, which had a historic working arrangement with the local NHS Trust. Some dated as far back as 23 years ago.

Today, Diana Johnson confirmed that Mr Gove had written to her, informing her that he was to ask Hull City Council to hold a local inquiry - something that it has refused to do during the 18-month campaign.

The letter says:

''I am pleased to be able to tell you that my fellow Secretaries of State for Health, and Communities and Local Government, have agreed with me that there is a need for an historic investigation into the practices relating to infant cremations in the Hull area, and we have today jointly written to the Chief Executive of the council asking him to commission this.

We have suggested that the Hull investigation should have similar terms of reference to the Emstrey investigation. It will be independent of central Government.''

– Justice Secretary Michael Gove, in a letter to Diana Johnson MP

In a statement, Hull City Council says it will consider the request, but will not commit to holding an inquiry.

"We are very sensitive to the feelings of those who have been affected by this historic issue and of the need to ensure that parents across the country do not have to deal with the upset and uncertainty of not knowing what has happened to their baby's ashes.

"No decision has yet been made to hold a local inquiry but we will consider the Minister's request taking into account all of the work that has been undertaken locally with the hospital and funeral directors, the previous enquiries in Scotland and Shropshire and the recent national call for evidence, towards which we have contributed substantially.

"Our position has always been that this is a national issue and that the best way to ensure that parents, at a time of great distress, have confidence in a consistent and caring process across all hospitals, funeral directors and crematoria in dealing with the ashes of their babies is for the Government to develop and issue clear guidelines within a national Code of Practice, based on the findings of a national inquiry."

– Trish Dalby, Deputy Chief Executive, Hull City Council
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