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Final preparations made to Tadcaster footbridge

Final preparations are being made to the new Tadcaster footbridge. It will reunite the two sides of the town after the road bridge was seriously damaged by floods.

The bridge is expected to open tomorrow.

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Deal with doctors 'not possible', chief negotiator says

Sir David Dalton's appear to clear the way for the government to impose new contracts on junior doctors. Credit: PA

The government's chief negotiator in talks over junior doctors' proposed new contracts has written to health secretary Jeremy Hunt to tell him a deal is "not possible".

Sir David Dalton has told the health secretary to "do what he deems necessary" to put the contract in place after a row that has so far prompted two 24-hour strikes.

The letter could pave the way for Mr Hunt to impose the contracts without reaching an agreement over the remaining dispute - government plans to class Saturdays as normal working days.

In the letter, Sir David - who is also chief executive of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust - said: "Everyone’s first preference has always been for a negotiated outcome. Unfortunately this no longer seems possible.

"Following consultation with Chief Executives and other leaders in the service, it is clear that the NHS needs certainty on this contract and that a continuation of a dispute, with a stalemate and without any clear ending, would be harmful to service continuity, with adverse consequences to patients," he continued.

"On this basis I therefore advise the government to do whatever it deems necessary to end uncertainty for the service and to make sure that a new contract is in place which is as close as possible to the final position put forward to the BMA yesterday."

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Junior doctors return to work after 24-hour walkout

Demonstrators protest in Westminster during the latest 24-hour doctors' strike. Credit: Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA Images

Junior doctors have returned to work after a 24-hour walkout over proposed new contracts.

The deadlock has shown little sign of breaking - with the major sticking pointing remaining over weekend pay and whether Saturday should be classed as a normal working day.

Around 1,140 planned inpatient procedures were cancelled as a result of the latest walkout, alongside 1,734 day procedures, according to analysis by NHS England.

NHS England confirmed that 43% of junior doctors reported for duty on the day shift - a figure including doctors who had never intended to strike, such as those working in emergency care.

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Junior doctor contract talks reach 'end of the road'

A picket line outside Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol. Credit: PA

New contracts could be imposed on junior doctors by the Health Secretary after union leaders rejected his "best and final offer".

The Government's chief negotiator, Sir David Dalton, had warned talks were at "the end of the road" should the British Medical Association not endorse his latest offer by Wednesday afternoon.

Instead the BMA again called on the Health Secretary to accept its own proposed pay model and withdraw his threat to force through changes, even though the Government has refused to "remove that from the table".

A 24-hour strike by medics will end at 8am today.

Four arrested in connection with Sheffield shootings

Two men, one woman and a teenage boy have today been arrested in connection with two Sheffield shootings.

A 17-year-old boy, 20-year-old woman and two men aged 19 and 20, who are all from Sheffield, have been arrested for conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit burglary in relation to the incidents.

On Boxing Day, it was reported that a gun had been fired at a pub in Main Street, Grenoside.

A 26-year-old man was injured in the incident.

On Wednesday 20 January, a 25-year-old man was admitted to hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg following reports that gunshots had been fired on Penistone Road North at about 2pm.

Both men have since been discharged from hospital.

The four people arrested currently remain in police custody.

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PM and Labour leader pay tribute to Harry Harpham

The Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn have both paid tribute to former Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough MP Harry Harpham.

Mr Harpham was diagnosed with cancer after his party's autumn conference last year and was treated in hospital a short time later. He died last week:

Taxi driver stops pensioner from being conned of thousands

Police are warning people to be vigilant after a caring taxi driver prevented a pensioner from being the victim of a £5,000 lottery scam.

The 80-year-old Sheffield man was contacted by someone telling him he had won £20,000 on the lottery. He provided his name and address and received a cheque for £5,000.

The man was instructed to pay the £5,000 into his bank account but was contacted a few days later by the same caller who said they’d paid him the wrong amount.

The gentleman was advised to withdraw the money from his account as cash and pay it into a Western Union account. He was assured a cheque for £20,000 would follow.

The man was on his way to take the cash out of his account when he spoke to his taxi driver about the lottery win.

Police are warning people to be aware and advise that people:

  • Always ask for full details from the caller and the company they are calling from. If you are not sure about the caller, speak to a relative, Citizens Advice or the police.
  • Never give out personal details to an unknown caller including your address, bank details or other contact details.
  • If you have a vulnerable relative, set up a call blocking system on their phone which prevents withheld numbers from getting through.
  • Keep an eye on any elderly relative’s finances where possible.
  • Action Fraud has its own website full of advice and information
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