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Concern for missing Derren, last seen in Beeston

Police are urgently appealing to trace a man who has gone missing in Leeds.

Derren Harker, aged 45, was last seen in the Beeston area yesterday morning.

He is described as white, about 5ft 7ins tall, with short dark brown hair with grey flecks. He was wearing a black coat, white t-shirt, blue jeans and grey shoes.

Detective Inspector Paul Hobson, of Leeds District CID, said: "We are very concerned for Derren's welfare due to the circumstances in which he has gone missing and we urgently need to establish his whereabouts."

Anyone who has seen him or who has any information that could assist in tracing him is asked to contact officers at Elland Road.

All change for Rhinos front row 2016

Following the retirement of Kylie Leuluai and Jamie Peacock, Champions Leeds Rhinos will kick off the new season with two new names on the iconic number eight and ten prop shirts.

Those numbers have been synonymous with some of the most popular players in the club’s history down the years and now crowd favourite Adam Cuthbertson and new signing Keith Galloway will get the opportunity to stamp their own mark on the history books.

Cuthbertson becomes only the fourth player to wear the number ten shirt in the Super League era. He follows Mike Forshaw (1996), Barrie McDermott (1997-2005) and Jamie Peacock (2006-2015).

Galloway joins the Rhinos from NRL side Wests Tigers on a three year contract. The 30-year-old gained five caps with Australia in 2011 and has made one State of Origin appearance for New South Wales. He has made over 200 NRL appearances for Wests and Cronulla Sharks since making his debut as a 17-year-old in 2003.

It is a huge honour and privilege to be awarded the ten shirt after the legend that is Jamie Peacock. Last season was incredible for me in my first year at the club and I am so excited about the potential for this group of players next season. We have recruited well with Anthony Mullally, Jordan Baldwinson and Keith Galloway all coming in to strengthen our pack and Beau Falloon arriving from the Gold Coast. On top of that we have got some great youngsters who will help drive us on. There is a huge appetite within the squad to build on last season and I am very much looking forward to being part of that.

– Adam Cuthbertson


Bradford mother-of-six contracts mystery illness

Friends and family are rallying to help a Bradford father who has been left to bring up six children after his wife contracted a mystery illness.

Donna Ormondroyd, 35, has been left in a constant vegetative state - confined to a hospital bed with brain damage.

She will need 24-hour care when she does eventually return home. Her husband Gregg, a bus driver, says they have been offered a care package but he says he will need all the help he can get.

An appeal fund has already reached £3,000.

Chris Kiddey reports:


Inquest opens into death of transgender inmate

An inquest has heard that a transgender woman who was found dead at Armley prison in Leeds was considered to be "at risk of self-harm".

Vicky Thompson & boyfriend Robert Steele Credit: Robert Steele

Vicky Thompson, who was 21 and from Keighley, died on November 13th. She had said she would kill herself if sent to a male prison.

The inquest at Wakefield Coroner's Court was adjourned for police and prison service investigations. Her death has prompted calls for a shake-up of the government's handling of transgender prisoners and a change in policy.

A minute's silence, attended by Vicky's boyfriend Robert Steele, was held in Bradford at the weekend.

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