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Radio presenter raises almost double his target for charity

Viking FM's Pete Egerton Credit: ITV News Calendar

A radio presenter from Knaresborough has raised almost twice as much as he hoped for charity by swapping a stag party for a fundraising bike ride. Pete Egerton, who presents the drivetime show in Viking FM in Hull, has colitis, a condition that affects his bowel and means he has to be careful what he eats and drinks.

He and his friends cycled 170 miles coast to coast and have now collected almost £2000 for Crohns and Colitis UK. He is now thanking everyone who has supported his fundraising appeal which he also hopes has raised awareness of his condition.

Facts you might not know about Yorkshire Day

Events are taking place across the county to celebrate Yorkshire Day. Here are a few facts about the origins of the event:

  • It is celebrated on August 1 to promote the historic English county of Yorkshire
  • It was initially celebrated in 1975 in Beverley as a protest against the local government re-organisation of 1974.
  • The Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity, is read out as a central part of the celebrations, which affims Yorkshire's anicent foundation in 875 AD
  • As part of the celebrations there is a Civic gathering of Lord Mayors, Mayors and other Civic Heads from across the county, covened by the Yorkshire Society.

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Hospital parking charges being introduced for disabled badge holders

Disabled blue badge holders will have to pay to park at three of the region's hospitals under controversial new charges being brought in by Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust.

Parking fees for disabled blue badge holders being introduced at some hospitals

From September they will be charged £2 for parking for upto one hour at Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury Hospitals and £2.80 for over an hour.

But drivers without blue badges will face parking increases from today with charges rising from £1.30 to £2 for upto an hour and from £4.10 to £5 for between two and four hours.

Part of roundabout to be removed for shipment of turbines

Part of the Tollbar roundabout on the A16 in North East Lincolnshire will be temporarily removed to make way for a shipment of wind turbine parts being transported through the borough on a 40m long trailer.

It is to enable the giant trailers to negotiate the roundabout as they make their way from the Port of Goole to an onshore wind farm development at Gayton le Marsh near Mablethorpe.

There will be a test run of the route with an empty trailer later today, to be followed by a shipment of 24 abnormal loads travelling between Sunday 2 and Tuesday 11 August.

Two loads per day will pass through North East Lincolnshire between mid-morning and mid-afternoon on the M180, A180 and A16.

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Gulf War veterans 'still being ignored' by MoD

Twenty five years on from the Gulf War, veterans like Rodger Needham, 48, who has Gulf War Syndrome, say they are still being ignored by the Ministry of Defence.

Rodger, from Dunscroft, near Doncaster, was one 50,000 British servicemen and women, who blame a cocktail of injections and pills to protect them against chemical attack, for health problems they now suffer. Rodger has chronic fatigue and post traumatic stress disorder.

He says it is not about compensation. Instead it is about getting to the truth and also being given government recognition for what they have endured.

Rodger has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and chronic fatigue and can no longer work.

An MoD spokesperson said:

We are indebted to allthose who served our country in the 1990/1991 Gulf conflict. In recognition of this financial support is available to veterans and dependants whose illness or death is due to service through the War Pensions Scheme and Armed Forces occupational pensions schemes.

The MOD sponsored a research programme into the possible health effects of the combination of vaccines and tablets which were given to troops at the time of the 1990/1991 Gulf conflict to protect them against the threat of biological and chemical warfare. The overwhelming evidence from scientific research is that these would not have had adverse health effects. All documents relating to such allegations have been in the public domain for many years and despite repeatedly asking for further evidence we have received nothing to support these unfounded allegations.

– MoD Spokesperson
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