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Air ambulance takes 5,000th patient

A drummer who had to be cut from a car by firefighters after a head-on collision became the 5,000th patient to be airlifted to hospital by Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA).

Chris Parr had broken ribs, a fractured breast bone and a fractured knee in the smash at Marsden, near Huddersfield.

The 48-year-old, a drummer with Huddersfield band State of Confusion, was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary.

He is now recovering at home and has been visited by YAA paramedics Sammy Willis and John Baxter.

I could not believe how quick the response was to the accident and all the emergency services were just fantastic.

The air ambulance crew were just brilliant, supporting me and keeping me calm throughout the flight and I can't thank them enough.

It is amazing to think I am the 5,000th patient they have helped. The air ambulance does such a vital job and I'm so grateful to them.

– Chris Parr

YAA was set up 13 years ago and operates two air ambulances from bases in North and West Yorkshire serving five million people.

To keep both helicopters in the air, the charity needs to raise £9,990 per day, equivalent to £3.6 million per year.


35 years in total for Hepburn murder

Two men who went on trial for murdering a teenager in West Yorkshire have been handed a prison sentence totalling more than 35 years.

Luke Elliot was given a life sentence for murdering Craig Hepburn, from Scotland, and must serve a minimum of 22 years.

Anthony Driver was given a 13-year sentence for his manslaughter.

It's emerged they were both out of prison on licence, after serving sentences for violent crime, at the time they killed Mr Hepburn.

Man found guilty of Craig Hepburn murder

Craig Hepburn

A man from West Yorkshire has been found guilty of a Scottish teenager.

Luke Elliot, 22, of Main Avenue, Cowlersley, has been found guilty of the murder of 19-year-old Craig Hepburn, and the attempted murder of Conor Paton in West Yorkshire.

Anthony Driver, 36, of Grange Cottages, Marsden, has been cleared of murder but convicted of the manslaughter of Hepburn. He was cleared of the attempted murder of Conor Paton.

Mr Hepburn, from Paisley near Glasgow, had travelled with his family and friend Conor to Marsden on July 6 last year.

They had been drinking in the village and were returning back to Craig’s uncle’s house when the tragedy unfolded.

Mr Hepburn was stabbed 11 times and died in hospital following the attack near Old Mount Road, where it meets Manchester Road. Conor was stabbed three times and made a full recovery.

Court told strangers killed piper

A talented young piper was killed by a stranger when he was stabbed 11 times on a village street, a jury has been told.

Craig Hepburn, 19, had only arrived in Marsden, West Yorkshire hours earlier to visit his uncle when he was attacked along with his friend Connor Paton, 18, Leeds Crown Court heard.

Both young men had travelled from their home in Linwood, near Paisley, Renfrewshire, just before they were stabbed as they walked back from a night out on Friday July 6 last year.

They were attacked as they walked home to his uncle's house

Details of the attack were outlined to the jury at the beginning of the trial of Anthony Driver, 36, and Luke Elliott, 22, who both deny murder and attempted murder.

The trial was adjourned until tomorrow.


Two men in court over Marsden stabbing

Two men have appeared in court following a double stabbing at the weekend in which a teenager was killed. 19 year old Craig Hepburn from Paisley near Glasgow died following the attack in Marsden near Huddersfield in the early hours of Saturday morning.

His friend Conor Paton who's 18 was taken to hospital with stab wounds. He's is now back at home in Scotland

36 year old David Driver and 21 year old Luke Elliott appeared at Huddersfield Magistrates charged with murder and attempted murder. They have been remanded into custody.

Tributes paid to Scottish piper killed in West Yorkshire village

Craig Hepburn - died after being stabbed in West Yorkshire village Credit: Milngavie Pipe Band

Tributes have been paid to Craig Hepburn who was stabbed to death over the weekend in Marsden. Craig who was 19-years-old and from Paisley in Scotland was a member of the Milngavie pipe band. Craig and his friend were visiting the area when they were attacked.

Two men have been charged with murder and attempted murder over the incident.