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9000 stray dogs picked up in one year

A dog being looked after by The Dog Trust Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Almost 9000 stray dogs have been picked up in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire in the past year, according to new figures released today - 7% fewer than the previous year.

The Dogs Trust's annual Stray Dog Survey found that almost half of stray dogs remained unclaimed.


Police officer sacked for gross misconduct

PC Jason McCusker received a Divisional Commanders Commendation in 2008 Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A Humberside police officer has been sacked after being found guilty of gross misconduct.

A disciplinary hearing today found that PC Jason McCusker, who received a Divisional Commanders Commendation in 2008, lied to police after a road accident in Hertfordshire last year.

He claimed his partner was driving at the time.


Work resumes on Transpennine and Midland Mainline Railway lines

The on-off multi-billion pound electrification of the Transpennine and Midland Mainline Railway lines is back ON.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin made the surprise announcement on a trip to Leeds.

The pausing of the scheme in June had brought criticism of the Chancellor, who had promised major transport enhancements as part of a new "northern powerhouse".

The upgrade will mean faster journey times from Manchester to Leeds and York by 2022 and Sheffield on the Midland line a year later.

Katie Oscroft reports:

Union: TransPennine rail announcement 'does nothing to tackle the immediate threat to jobs'

This politically motivated stop-start approach to crucial rail developments is no way to run a transport system and it is no surprise to us that this U-turn comes in the run up to the Tory Party conference where RMT will be exposing the nonsense of the “Northern Powerhouse” as part of the mass demonstration in Manchester on Sunday. This announcement does nothing to tackle the immediate threat to jobs, safety and services wrapped up in the new Northern and TPE franchises which RMT will continue to kick up the political agenda while George Osborne rattles on about his fantasy-world light years off in the future.

– General Secretary of largest rail union RMT, Mick Cash
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