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Cancer charity to invest millions in research projects

Projects for diagnosing, treating and caring for cancer patients across Yorkshire are to get a major funding boost today.

Credit: Press Association

It has been announced that the Yorkshire Cancer Research is to invest £5 million in nine projects in a bid to address what the charity describes as a north-south divide in cancer outcomes.

Projects at the universities of Sheffield and Leeds are among those to benefit from funding.

We're extremely proud to be funding such vital research in Yorkshire thanks to the generosity of our supporters. This is a very substantial investment in projects with a huge regional significance which will take us one step closer to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on people who live in Yorkshire.

– Charles Rowett, Chief Executive Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research

The charity will invest £1.5m in a five-year project aimed at improving the survival of bowel cancer patients through better quality surgery, radiology and pathology. An additional £1.5m will be invested in a phase III clinical trial in Leeds involving cancer patients from Yorkshire.

A clinical trial involving patients at the University of Sheffield will evaluate the best way to treat aggressive bladder cancer when found at an early stage.


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Latest projections hint at minority government

The latest ITV News poll suggests the Conservatives have a four point lead over Labour going into the campaign.

ITV News election analyst Professor Colin Rallings projects they will be some way short of a majority on those figures with David Cameron, or Ed Miliband struggling to form a government.

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship examines the options of how Parliament might look.

Co-pilot had been treated for suicidal tendencies

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps, killing 150 people including a man from Hull, had been treated in the past for suicidal tendencies.

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz Credit: ITV Yorkshire

German state prosecutors said today the co-pilot had been in a long period of psychotherapy for "noticeable suicidal tendencies" several years ago.

Several years ago before obtaining his pilot's licence the co-pilot was in a long period of psychotherapeutic treatment with noticeable suicidal tendencies."

– Prosecutors' Office in Dusseldorf

The German prosecutors added that since then he had not shown any signs of suicidal behaviour nor aggressive tendencies in other visits to doctors.

There is still no evidence that the co-pilot in the French Alps plane disaster said anything beforehand about what he was about to do, the state prosecutor said.

Student Paul Andrew Bramley, who was 28 and from Hull, was onboard the plane travelling to the UK when the crash happened.

Read: Germanwings victim's father: We will visit this crash site for years


Trial starts of man accused of starting fire at former Leeds nightclub

A 32-year-old man has gone on trial accused of starting a blaze which caused millions of pounds of damage to the former Majestyk nighclub in the centre of Leeds.

Firefighters at former Majestyk nightclub in Leeds Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Stewart Jefferson is alleged to have been drunk when he started a fire on the upper balcony in the two storey listed building before raising the alarm at a hotel next door.

Jefferson denies two charges of arson. The trial at Leeds Crown Court continues.

Election campaign begins after Parliament is dissolved

The campaign for General Election 2015 is officially underway after Parliament was dissolved.

It also means several MPs from our region are officially retiring from Westminster.

Among those standing down are the ex-Conservative Party leader and Richmond MP William Hague and former Labour Home Secretary and member for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough David Blunkett.

As the campaign begins, we ask voters in Bradford what matters to them:

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General election TV debate: Leaders given podium line-up

The all-important podium plan for Thursday's night's general election debate on ITV has been announced.

Prime Minister and the Green Party's Natalie Bennett have been allocated spots at either end of the line-up of party leaders.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage is set to be sandwiched between Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband.

ITV can confirm that lots have been drawn today to determine the podium order for The ITV Leaders' Debate.

As a result of the drawing of lots the leaders will appear on set, left to right, as follows - Natalie Bennett, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage, Ed Miliband, Leanne Wood, Nicola Sturgeon and David Cameron.

– ITV spokeswoman

Police appeal after suspected Leeds gun shot incident

Police are appealing for information following a suspected firearm discharge in Leeds.

It happened shortly before 5pm Sunday March 29, when officers received a report of a gun having been fired towards a male in King Lane, in Moortown near to the junction with Queenshill Drive.

Officers attended the scene and began enquiries that subsequently traced the victim, a 17-year-old male. A 19-year-old man was later arrested in connection with the incident and the investigation is ongoing.

Scenes have been established in King Lane and these are currently undergoing forensic examination.

We believe this was a targeted attack between parties that are known to each other and there is no threat to the wider community."

– Det Insp Paul Hobson, Leeds CID
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