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Bereaved families' emotional river safety films

The families of three young people who drowned in York's rivers this year have made individual films highlighting river safety.

The personal and highly-emotional videos have been made by Jackie Roberts, mother of Megan Roberts, Steve Pearson, father of Tyler Pearson and Rachel Peatfield, girlfriend of Ben Clarkson as part of a new safety campaign to try to prevent further tragedies.

York is top university in North

York has been named the top university in Yorkshire according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015.

The University of Leeds is ranked second with the University of Sheffield is ranked third in the county.

  • 1. University of York
  • 2. University of Leeds
  • 3. University of Sheffield
  • 4. University of Hull
  • 5. Sheffield Hallam University
  • 6. University of Bradford
  • 7. University of Huddersfield
  • 8. York St John University
  • 9. Leeds Trinity University
  • 10. Leeds Metropolitan University


A 'Weekend of Two Halves'

It's goodbye to all that mist and low cloud from Sunday. Credit: KEITH HAZELWOOD
Saturday Credit: ITV Weather/Met Office

Saturday will again be quite cloudy over the Calendar region with a few showery outbreaks of rain, especially in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and eastern Yorkshire. Brighter weather will reach the Dales and North Yorkshire later. Highs: 18ºC in light winds.

Sunday Credit: ITV Weather/Met Office

At last we will be rid of the low cloud and mist! Sunday will be a dry and bright day with sunny spells. There will be some high cloud floating around, especially in the afternoon, but it will be well broken. Additionally, visibility will be much improved with good horizons so it'll be an ideal day for taking a walk in the hills. Highs: A fresher 18ºC in light northerly winds.

Savile officer faces misconduct probe

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has revealed it has served a misconduct notice on a detective sergeant with North Yorkshire Police as part of its investigation into the Jimmy Savile scandal.

The revelation has been made in a statement released today by the IPCC regarding its investigation into the way West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire Police handled complaints about the disgraced TV entertainer.

Disgraced TV host Jimmy Savile Credit: ITV Yorkshire

With regards to its investigation into the North Yorkshire force the statement says:

"The IPCC has an independent investigation under way into potential misconduct issues arising from the manner in which North Yorkshire police officers handled information about Jimmy Savile, and an associate, the late Peter Jaconelli.

"Matters under investigation by the IPCC relate to how the force handled information from a 15 year old girl in 2002 regarding Savile, and how the force treated two disclosures made by a serving prisoner about Jaconelli in December 2008 and January 2009.

"One serving detective sergeant has so far been served with a misconduct notice to advise him his conduct is subject to IPCC investigation. The officer has been interviewed by an IPCC investigator recently.

"The investigation is examining whether the North Yorkshire Police response to the disclosures was in accordance with national and force policies on crime recording, intelligence handling and dealing with victims of sexual abuse.

"This investigation follows a referral from North Yorkshire Police in April this year which included whether any information it held on record about Savile or his known associates was properly and comprehensively disclosed to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary when it, and other forces, were asked to do so by HMIC in December 2012 and again by the IPCC in May last year. "After assessment by the IPCC those matters have been sent back to the force to deal with.

"North Yorkshire Police has an ongoing investigation into historical sexual abuse for which it has previously asked people from the Scarborough area to come forward with any information.

– Sarah Green, IPCC deputy chair

With regard to the investigation into West Yorkshire Police the statement says:

An IPCC investigation into allegations against a former inspector with West Yorkshire Police having ‘acted on behalf’ of Jimmy Savile by inappropriately contacting Surrey Police ahead of a police interview in 2009 is nearing completion.

"The investigation is looking into what knowledge the former inspector had of any letters received making accusations against Savile and what action, if any, was taken in respect of them.

"The former inspector has been interviewed under criminal caution by an IPCC investigator.

"The IPCC has spoken to several former police and non-police attendees of the ‘Friday Morning Club’, or those with knowledge of it, as witnesses over whether they have any awareness of accusatory letters being received by Savile and passed on to officers or discussed.

"Investigators have been in contact with a number of the ongoing independent inquiries investigating allegations of abuse by Savile over any information they may have which would be useful to the IPCC independent investigation.”

"The IPCC investigation began last year following a direction to the force to record and refer the conduct of the former inspector, identified in a Surrey Police report as ‘Inspector 5’.

"Other wider Savile-related matters referred to the IPCC by West Yorkshire Police from its Operation Newgreen report were, after assessment, sent back to the force.

– Sarah Green, IPCC deputy chair

Wanted Harrogate man urged to hand himself in

Detectives in Harrogate are appealing for the public’s help to locate a wanted man.

Kevin Lewis is wanted for recall to prison Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Kevin Robert Lewis, 31, of Station Square, Harrogate, is wanted for recall to prison as he has breached the conditions of his release licence.

Lewis was sentenced to two years and four months’ imprisonment in March 2013, after being convicted of burglary.

He was released from prison in August 2014 but is suspected of committing a further offence and must return to custody.

Lewis is described as white, 5ft 11in tall, with a skinny build and dark brown, balding hair

It is believed Lewis is in the Harrogate area and he has links to the town centre.

Mr Lewis, if you see or hear this appeal, my advice is simple - hand yourself in.

“By remaining at large you are only making the inevitable outcome worse for yourself and prolonging your stay in prison when we catch up with you.

“I am asking members of the public who see Lewis to contact the police straight away.”

“Officers have already visited addresses in the Harrogate area which we know Lewis has links to and the efforts to locate him will continue until he is back in custody.

“Lewis’ associates should know that harbouring an offender is a criminal offence and you face prison yourself if you are helping him to evade the police.”

– Det Sgt Kevin Kelly, Harrogate CID

Families make films highlighting river safety

The families of three young people who drowned in York's rivers this year are to take part in a new safety campaign to try to prevent further tragedies.

The local police and council are due to announce their plans today on how to tackle the drinking culture which has been a factor in a number of drownings in the city.

Jackie Roberts from Wetherby, whose daughter Megan drowned after a night out has made a film highlighting river safety - as have the loved ones of Ben Clarkson and Tyler Pearson who also died.


Leeds Council leader calls for more devolution

The Scottish Referendum has proved people feel passionately about, and want to get involved with, political debate when it directly involves them and their local communities.

"This result reinforces the widespread belief that further devolution must happen, giving local people much more say and control over spending and investment in their areas to promote growth, job creation, stronger communities and prosperity for all.

"For this to happen we need a true commitment to decentralisation and there needs to be a genuine timetable in place, with strong direction as to how this will happen.

"Leeds City Council and its partner neighbouring local authorities in the Leeds City Region will continue to call for significantly more devolution from Whitehall, not only for countries but for cities and city regions, in terms of greater decision-making powers and financial control including local tax retention.

"This is vital if we are to be able to take the local action we know we need to improve transport connections between different economic markets - to promote growth, create jobs and in turn rebalance the national economy to benefit the north.

"As we referred to in the Commission on the Future of Local Government document, there is no longer a one size fits all approach to be taken in the UK.

"Devolved powers to Scotland and Wales have already created very different environments for local government, and this needs to be built on across the whole country. Councils are becoming increasingly innovative and effective in the way they deliver services and are closer to the communities they serve, and therefore better placed to deliver locally.

"All of the main political parties agree that the national economy must be rebalanced, and we look forward to them delivering on those words as quickly as possible so the Leeds and wider northern economy can be allowed to grow and realise its immense potential for the benefit of millions of people and the country as a whole."

– Cllr Keith Wakefield, Leeds Council leader

Jono Lancaster backs genetics charity

The patron of a genetics charity is calling for people to wear denim to work to raise awareness for those living with genetic disorders.

Jono Lancaster, from Normanton, suffers from Treacher Collins, a rare genetic condition which is believed to affect around 1 in 10,000 babies.

Jeans for Genes Day invites people to leave their suits and uniforms at home and wear jeans to school or work in return for a donation which will help change the lives of children with genetic disorders across the UK. The charity’s aim this year is to raise £2 million to provide vital care and support for the children and families who are affected by these conditions:

Rashid in the mix for new award

Yorkshire and England all-rounder Adil Rashid has been nominated for Professional Player of the Year at the inaugural Asian Cricket Awards.

Yorkshire all-rounder Adil Rashid Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Rashid was part of Yorkshire's LV= County Championship triumph this season and has played for the England one day squad.

Also nominated is Worcestershire's Moeen Ali, who contributed much towards England's recent series win against India, Warwickshire skipper Varun Chopra and Essex man Ravi Bopara

River safety camapign launched in York

The families of three young people who drowned in York's rivers are to take part in a new safety campaign to prevent further tragedy.

Megan Roberts who drowned in York Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The local police and council are due to announce later today their plans on how to tackle the drinking culture which has been a factor in a number of river related deaths in the city.

Three short films highlighting river safety in York made by the family and friends of three young people who have died in the city over the past year will also be launched.

There is one film each by Jackie Roberts, mother of Megan Roberts, Steve Pearson, father of Tyler Pearson and Rachel Peatfield, girlfriend of Ben Clarkson.

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