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Daughter pays tribute to 'incredibly loving' Viv Nicholson

The daughter Viv Nicholson has paid tribute to the pools winner, describing her as "incredibly loving".

Suzi Nicholson was speaking on the day of her mother's funeral in Pontefract:

Viv hit the headlines in 1961 when she won more than £150,000 - the equivalent of £50 million today. She vowed to "spend, spend, spend" and within five years her fortune was gone. She died last month at the age of 79.

Wreath made by Viv's granddaughter Brooke for her funeral Credit: Brooke Nicholson

Five men jailed for drugs offences

Five men from northern Lincolnshire have been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for their part in a major drugs operation that spanned numerous towns and cities across the country.

In total 21 people have received almost 150 years in prison for conspiring to supply class A drugs.

Ben Chapman, 28, from Immingham has been sentenced to 10 years in prison Credit: Humberside Police
Craig Johnson, 32, from Grimsby has been sentenced to 11 years in prison Credit: Humberside Police
Gary Chapman, 52, from Grimsby has been sentenced to five years and eight months Credit: Humberside Police
David Wells, 28, from South Killingholme has been sentenced to seven years Credit: Humberside Police
David Williams, 28, from South Killingholme has been sentenced to three years Credit: Humberside Police

The police investigation began in December 2013 when Humberside Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit commenced an operation targeting an organised crime group involved in the trafficking of cocaine into the Grimsby area.

Enquiries soon identified the group had links to other parts of the UK including Greater Manchester, London and the West Midlands.

In the following nine months, working closely with officers from other forces, seizures of cocaine, heroin and cannabis worth over £1 million and over £175,000 in cash were made in Humberside, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands.

The 21 people were all charged and have now been convicted of Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs at Birmingham Crown Court.

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Labour criticisms 'ironic' Clegg claims

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was in Leeds today answering callers questions on the LBC Battle Bus.

Mr.Clegg hosts a weekly show on the radio station which is touring around the country. He fielded questions on a number of different topics, from the leader's debates to faith schools.

He said Labour's criticism of the Liberal Democrat's time in government was "ironic" as he claims his party has spent the time "cleaning up their mess".

It comes a day after Lord Ashcroft's latest poll revealed that he's trailing one point behind the Labour candidate in his constituency of Sheffield Hallam.

Adam Fowler reports:

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Immigration: How it effects our region

One of the issues which is expected to determine how people vote is immigration.

There has been a marked rise in the number of people born abroad moving into our region.

Chris Kiddey's been talking to two women from eastern Europe who have settled locally- and also to those who have concerns that large scale immigration is having a detrimental effect on some communities:

Clegg: Labour criticisms 'ironic'

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was in Leeds today answering callers questions on the LBC Battle Bus.

Mr.Clegg hosts a weekly show on the radio station which is touring around the country. He fielded questions on a number of different topics, from the leader's debates to faith schools.

He said Labour's criticism of the Liberal Democrat's time in government was "ironic" as he claims his party has spent the time "cleaning up their mess".

It comes a day after Lord Ashcroft's latest poll revealed that he's trailing one point behind the Labour candidate in his constituency of Sheffield Hallam.

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