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Former York Professor starts research charity to stop superbug catastrophe

The overuse of antibiotics is leading to an increase in drug resistant strains of diseases like TB and malaria. But there is a warning now that unless there is urgent action we may see the end of operations like organ transplants, cancer treatments, knee and hip replacements - an ultimately even a grazed knee could prove fatal.

Now a new charity, Antibiotic Research UK, has been set up by a former York University professor to try to develop new effective drugs. Jon Hill reports.

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Himalayan mountain blizzard death toll rises to 30

The number of people killed in a blizzard in an area of the Himalayan mountains popular with trekkers has risen to 30 with up to 65 people including 35 tourists reportedly still missing.

Nepali troops are searching for survivors after 30 trekkers were killed in the Himalayas. Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

Nepali troops are searching rugged snow-covered Himalayan terrain in an effort to find any remaining survivors of the blizzard which has led to one of the country's worst mountain disasters.

Twelve helicopters have dropped searchers in otherwise inaccessible spots, while soldiers fanned out in different directions.

Unseasonal weather in peak trekking season unleashed avalanches in the area and many hikers were caught unprepared and unawares by the sudden change.

Rare honour for squadron

There will be a parade and service in Sheffield today to present an Army Signals Squadron with the Freedom of the City.

The ceremony will begin with a parade of troops led by the band of the Royal Armoured Corps marching from Barkers Pool, outside City Hall at 10.45am via Pinstone Street to the Peace Gardens.

Sheffield's Lord Mayor, Councillor Peter Rippon, will inspect the troops on parade, present a medal and then formally award the Freedom of the City in the Peace Gardens at 11am.

The Lord Mayor said: "It's wonderful to be able to transfer the Freedom of the City to 64 (City of Sheffield) Signal Squadron and maintain the strong historical link with the city. I know that the people here will give a special warm welcome to them all. The parade is particularly significant this year as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War 1. The members of the Squadron have a long and distinguished history of protecting this country and I am sure they will receive a really warm welcome from the people of Sheffield."

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Former youth worker convicted of historic child sex offences

A former youth group worker in Rotherham has been convicted of more than 40 sexual offences against children, dating back to the 1980s.

Darren Swift Credit: South Yorkshire Police

50-year-old Darren Swift who lives in Telford was found guilty following a two week trial at Doncaster Crown court.

The offences cover a 17-year period between 1980 and 1997 in Rotherham, while Swift worked at various local sporting clubs and youth groups. The charges relate to four boys who were aged between eight and 14 while the abuse took place.

Police have praised the victims for speaking out so many years later. Detective Constable Ian Hampshire who lead the investigation said:

“Each victim was subjected to years of abuse by this man who was a trusted member of the local community. He held several positions of trust for various community groups, where he met and effectively groomed these vulnerable young boys for sexual purposes. I am pleased with the verdict reached today and I pay tribute to the victims who had the courage to come forward and disclose their ordeal."

Swift has been remanded into custody and will be sentenced in the New Year.

Overuse of antibiotics sees rise in 'superbugs'

One of this region's leading scientists has warned we face a health catastrophe because of the rise in so-called superbugs.

The overuse of antibiotics is leading to an increase in drug resistant strains of diseases like TB and malaria. But there's a warning now that unless there is urgent action we may see the end of operations like organ transplants, cancer treatments, knee and hip replacements - an ultimately even a grazed knee could prove fatal.

Now a new charity, Antibiotic Research UK, has been set up by a former York University professor to try to develop new effective drugs. Jon Hill reports.

Mark Robbins and Russ Wilcox on kicking off as new managers

Both Mark Robins and Russ Wilcox take charge of their new teams for the first time tomorrow afternoon.

Robins, who was appointed Scunthorpe's new manager on Monday, will be hoping for a good start when the Iron welcome Colchester.

Scunthorpe's former boss Russ Wilcox kicks off his York City reign with the visit of Shrewsbury

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