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Housing charity finding more people struggling to pay for homes

A housing charity says it has seen a 76 per-cent rise in calls from people in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire who are struggling to pay for their homes.

Shelter says it spoke to more than 600 people asking for advice after struggling to pay their rent or mortgage, or going into debt because of their housing costs.

Nadeem Kahn from the charity says it is a recurring theme:


Police recover body from quarry

The body of a man believed to be in his mid to late 20s has been recovered from a lake in a quarry in Doncaster.

Search teams recovered the body at around 12.30pm today from the lake, we believe to be known locally as Clay Lake.

Officers are still trying to establish the full circumstances surrounding his death, but at this time do not believe it to be suspicious.

The man has not yet been formally identified.

Government intervention in Doncaster Council set to stop

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) says intervention in Doncaster Council is to come to an early close.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) says intervention in Doncaster Council is to come to an early close.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) says intervention in Doncaster Council is to come to an early close. Credit: Doncaster Council

In a written ministerial statement the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, said that given the level of improvement that Doncaster has now achieved, their firm plans for the future, and their readiness to engage with the wider local government sector on improvement, continuing the statutory corporate intervention will add little, if any, value.

Doncaster Council was placed into intervention in 2010 following an Audit Commission Corporate Governance Inspection when the council was found to be not serving its residents as well as it should have.

Following the results of the recent independent Peer Review, a team of local government experts reported that the council is now functioning well and has made tangible and positive improvements in how it is managed and led.

I have been determined to lead Doncaster Council out of Government intervention and I am delighted with this announcement which recognises how much the council has changed. It is testament of everybody’s hard work. This announcement is an early endorsement of our progress to date. We are aware that there is still more work to do but we are firmly heading in the right direction so we can create more jobs and deliver better services for residents.

– Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster

Police search for man last seen in lake

Police are searching for a man who was last seen swimming in a lake in Doncaster.

Police say 8 men had gone swimming in the quarry off Hurst Lane, Auckley after 9pm.

One man, a 27-year-old, was reported missing by the others.

A police spokesman confirmed the man’s clothing had been found on the bank so they are working on the theory that he is still in the water.

Police and fire crews rushed to scene and the fire service sent their water rescue unit, while the police helicopter hovered overhead with a spotlight as dusk descended. Police also set up ground lights to illuminate the scene.

Visibilty deteriorated as thick fog enveloped the water.

None of the other seven young men needed medical attention and they have provided statements to officers.

Divers from the regional underwater search team have now taken over the search for the missing man, who is not being named at this stage.


CCTV released after sexual assault reported in Doncaster

Officers investigating a reported sexual assault on a bus in Doncaster have issued a CCTV image of a man they believe may be able to assist with enquiries.


At around 8.20am on Wednesday 28 May, it is reported that a 24-year-old woman was waiting for a bus in High Street, Doncaster, when a man approached her and allegedly tried to engage her in conversation.

When the woman got onto the bus, it is believed that the man got on the same bus and sat next to her, stroking her leg for the duration of the bus journey.

The woman was not injured but has been left shaken by the incident.

Police believe the man pictured may hold information that could help with their investigation and have asked anyone with any information to contact them.

Humberside Police have second highest rate of taser use in the country

Humberside Police have one of the highest rates of Taser use in the country according to a new report.

Taser use frequency revealed in new report
Taser use frequency revealed in new report Credit: Press Association

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found that the force used the weapon, which delivers a 50,000-volt shock, 462 times last year.

The average of 25 uses for every hundred officers is second highest in the country, beaten only by the Staffordshire force.

Lincolnshire were third highest in the country with 23 uses per hundred officers, 259 uses in total.

West Yorkshire Police used tasers 300 times with a significantly lower average of 6 per 100 officers.

North and South Yorkshire reported 157 and 73 uses with averages of 11 and 3 per 100 officers respectively.

Police investigate three gun attacks in Sheffield

Police in Sheffield are investigating three gun attacks in Sheffield which they believe are linked.

Between 9.30pm and 11.10pm on Monday 21 July officers were called to three separate reports of shots being fired at property in Barrie Crescent, Lindsay Avenue and Deerlands Avenue.

At Deerlands Avenue where shots were fired at the door of a house, a 13-year-old sustained minor injuries. Vehicles were fired at at in the other streets.

Weather reducing motorway visibility


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