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Husband's plea: please pay for drug to save my wife

A man from Pontefract says he could be forced out of retirement and may even have to sell his house to help save his wife's life.

Lisa Brydon had been given months to live after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. Since she started taking the drug Avastin, she says her life has been transformed.

But the couple are having to pay for it themselves after the NHS refused. Helen Steel reports.


Lorry driver denies causing death of trainee nurse in M62 hen party crash

The lorry driver accused of killing a trainee nurse when he drove into a minibus on the M62 has appeared in court today to deny causing her death.

Bethany Jones who was killed in an accident on M62

Kevin Ollerhead from St Helens collided with the minibus, which was carrying 21 women to a hen party in Liverpool, last year. 18 year old Bethany Jones died at the scene.

Leeds Crown Court heard the 24 seater coach suffered mechanical problems and came to a 'near standstill' on the motorway. Other vehicles avoided colliding with the coach but Ollerhead of Lincoln Crescet who was driving on cruise control drove into the back of the bus.

Miss Jones died from multiple injuries. All the other passengers were injured.

James Johnson, the coach driver, also stands accused of causing death by dangerous driving. He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

Man in court over attempt rape on 19-year-old bus passenger

A man has appeared in court accused of trying to rape a 19 year old woman on a night bus in Pontefract.

Leeds Magistrates Court Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Ryan Whiteman, 22, of no fixed address, is alleged to have carried out the attack last Wednesday evening. He is also accused of making threats to kill and indecent assault.

He was remanded in custody by magistrates sitting in Leeds.

He will next appear at Leeds Crown Court on October the 24th.

Man due in court over attempted rape on Pontefract bus

A 22-year-old man from Wakefield is due in court today (Saturday October 11) charged in connection with an attempted rape on a bus.

Ryan Whiteman, of no fixed address, was arrested following an alleged incident involving a woman on a bus in Pontefract on the evening of Wednesday October 8, 2014.

Whiteman is due before Wakefield magistrates charged with attempted rape, making threats to kill and indecent assault.


Man and woman arrested over Pontefract armed robbery

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery on Ropergate in Pontefract last Thursday.

Four people, one carrying a firearm, entered Kingstone Jewellers on Ropergate. They threatened staff and escaped with a large quantity of jewellery in burgundy coloured Rover estate car.

Detective Inspector Paul Harrison from Wakefield CID said: “We are still looking for a number of other people in relation to this particularly nasty robbery in Pontefract last week, and are appealing to any member of the public who may have any information to contact us.”

Police appeal after Pontefract armed robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery in Pontefract town centre.

Four men entered Kingston Jewellers on Ropergate this afternoon around 2.35pm. One of the men was brandishing a firearm.

The group threatened staff then stole a large quantity of jewellery before making off in a burgundy coloured Rover 75 estate car.

This car was found a little later burning on wasteland adjacent to Wakefield Road at the junction with Jubilee Way.

We are actively searching for these men and advise anyone who may see them not to approach them.

“We are also looking for a silver Vauxhall Astra estate in connection with this robbery.

“Staff at the shop were shaken but thankfully no-one was hurt.

“If anyone has any information about who these people are, witnessed the robbery take place, or indeed saw the cars involved could they please call me on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

– Det. Insp Steve Greenbank, Wakefield CID

MP urges Government to secure Kellingley's "long-term future"

Yvette Cooper MP Credit: ITV Yorkshire

West Yorkshire MP Yvette Cooper has urged the Government to work towards securing the long-term future of Kellingley Colliery instead of planning for its closure.

"We need a long term future for Kellingley, not just a closure plan", said the Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract & Castleford.

"The Government needs to act because we're running out of time. Hargreaves may have pulled out of the deal, however we know that other investors are interested and Kellingley has increased production showing what a successful and profitable pit it can be.

"UK Coal and the Government need to work with all the investors and the workforce to get a new deal in place to keep the pit open for longer.

"Ministers said Government funding was available for the Hargreaves deal to close the pit in 2015. But being prepared to fund a closure plan isn't enough.

"They should be prepared to support a long term plan to keep Kellingley and Thoresby open too. That means looking at funding, but also working urgently with other investors and the workforce to build a long term plan.

"If they don't act fast it will be too late. Development work has already stopped and miners are being laid off - pushing up the costs of keeping the pit open and making it harder to get a new deal.

"UK Coal and the Government must not turn their backs when hundreds of local families are worried about the future and when men are already being laid off.”

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