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A Leeds neighbourhood policing officer has become an internet hit after he entertained crowds with an impromptu busking session

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Housing charity finding more people struggling to pay for homes

A housing charity says it has seen a 76 per-cent rise in calls from people in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire who are struggling to pay for their homes.

Shelter says it spoke to more than 600 people asking for advice after struggling to pay their rent or mortgage, or going into debt because of their housing costs.

Nadeem Kahn from the charity says it is a recurring theme:


Humberside Police have second highest rate of taser use in the country

Humberside Police have one of the highest rates of Taser use in the country according to a new report.

Taser use frequency revealed in new report
Taser use frequency revealed in new report Credit: Press Association

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found that the force used the weapon, which delivers a 50,000-volt shock, 462 times last year.

The average of 25 uses for every hundred officers is second highest in the country, beaten only by the Staffordshire force.

Lincolnshire were third highest in the country with 23 uses per hundred officers, 259 uses in total.

West Yorkshire Police used tasers 300 times with a significantly lower average of 6 per 100 officers.

North and South Yorkshire reported 157 and 73 uses with averages of 11 and 3 per 100 officers respectively.

Increase in people unable to afford mortgage and rent

The number of people across our region struggling to pay their rent or mortgage has soared by almost twenty per cent over the last year, according to housing and homeless charity Shelter. Last year hundreds of people across the region called Shelter's helpline because they were finding it difficult to pay for their homes.

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The number of people struggling has gone up by 20 percent Credit: PA

Teenager to become ambassador for people with autism

You may remember the story of the schoolboy form Leeds - whose pet corgi was credited with turning his life around - after he was diagnosed with aspergers syndrome.

14 year old Nick Gilling from Leeds was so badly affected - he would hide under his bed - because of his anxieties about going out in public. After we featured him on Calendar, his story went global - and he's now become an ambassador for people with autism. Michael Billington reports.


Research finds growing trend for people to work from coffee shops in place of office

It is the start of the working week and I wonder how many of you begun the day with that Monday morning feeling?

It can be quite a chore going into the office, which may explain why some are choosing to work elsewhere.

New research shows there is a growing trend for office workers to base themselves in a cafe or coffee shop. Lauren Hall reports.

Man charged over Armley towpath death

Detectives investigating the death of a woman who was found with serious head injuries on a canal towpath have charged a man with her murder.

Michaela Heaton was found alongside the canal in the Armley area of Leeds on Thursday afternoon. She died in hospital soon after.

53 year old Kevin Wyment from the city was arrested at the scene. He's due to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court tomorrow.

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