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Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale to be awarded a Benefit Year

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale has been awarded a Benefit Year for 2016 after more than a decade of service to the county.

Andrew Gale Credit: Press Association

The 31-year-old, who lifted the County Championship for a second successive year last month, is now regarded as Yorkshire’s second most successful post-war captain alongside Brian Close.

Gale, born in Dewsbury, started out in league cricket at Gomersal as an eight-year-old but it is the Bradford League club Cleckheaton he regards as his home club. He came through the age groups with England, playing at Under-15 through to Under-19 levels. He captained the Under-19 team, and was named in the England Performance Squad for their trip to South Africa in 2009-10. That December, he was named as Yorkshire captain, replacing Anthony McGrath, so becoming the youngest professional captain in the county's history.

I am immensely proud to be awarded a benefit year and I would like to thank the club for the opportunity. I have represented Yorkshire since I was 10 years old, and love every minute of pulling on the White Rose shirt. I have had some great times at the Club, particularly the last few years where we have enjoyed some success. Although I am probably nearer the back of my career than the start, I still have a burning desire to continue to drive the Club to more success.

– Andrew Gale

Court to issue ruling on prisoners' right to vote

A European court will issue a verdict this morning on whether prisoners should have the right to vote.

John Hirst has previously failed in his bid to get prisoners the vote Credit: ITV News

The original case was brought by John Hirst from East Yorkshire who was convicted in 1980 of killing his landlady.

The government has previously been advised it cannot impose a blanket ban on the vote by the European Court of Human Rights.

Today's ruling comes from the EU's European Court of Justice.


David Cameron: 'if people want to donate then they should'

A Bradford charity has told ITV Calendar that it is considering withdrawing its work from the Calais camps, claiming that too many people are there for the wrong reasons.

The UK Government has so far preferred to focus its attention on the camps in the countries bordering Syria. But the Prime Minister said that people should not be discouraged from donating aid to Calais if they wished to do so.

"There are some important charities working in Calais to help people there and if people want to donate to that part of the refugee crisis then they should. I would encourage people to give to responsible charities that can account for what they do."

– Prime Minister David Cameron

He nevertheless defended the Government's record of helping those caught up in the refugee crisis.

"The right way to help the refugee crisis is to donate money to the Syrian refugee organisations including the work that is being done in Turkey and Lebanon and Jordan. We don't want to encourage people to make what is a very dangerous journey to Europe."

– Prime Minister David Cameron

The Prime Minister said the people living in the Calais Jungle should talk to French authorities and put in an asylum claim there. He pointed out that Britain is 'building very strong borders around the tunnel and the Calais port', in an attempt to 'make sure that people who come to Britain have a right to come to Britain.'


Appeal to trace safe following suspected attack on elderly Maltby man

Police investigating a serious assault on an elderly man in Maltby have appealed for information to trace a safe or strong box which is believed to be missing from his home.

Two 19-year-old local men arrested on suspicion of attempt murder and burglary have today, Monday 5 October, been released on police bail. A 23-year-old local man, also arrested, was released without further action yesterday (Sunday 4 October).

The injured man remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

We are keen to hear from anyone who may have information about this item. It is described as light grey, with a key lock and a black handle. The size is approximately 40cm x 30cm x 18cm, which is big enough to accommodate A4 documents, and weighs around 7kg.

Salisbury Road is a busy thoroughfare with frequent buses and other vehicles passing through and I would appeal to anyone who may have been passing by, particularly early in the morning of Thursday 1 October, to cast their mind back - did you see anything suspicious?

– Acting Detective Sergeant Mike Fordham

Former sports stars set off on 200 mile 'hand' cycling challenge

Former Rugby League players whose careers were cut short through injury - have set off on a 200 mile hand cycling journey from the KC Stadium to Old Trafford.

Credit: ITV Yorkshire

They are re-tracing Hull FC and Wakefield player, Steve Prescott's charity trip from 2012 - when he ran, swam and cycled from Hull to the Super League Grand Final. He died from stomach cancer in 2013.

New appeal to trace people who helped Hillsborough victim

A new appeal's been launched to trace people who helped a victim at Hillsborough.

Concourse area of Leppings Lane outside stadium Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The aerial photo shows the concourse area of Leppings Lane outside the stadium where the man appeared to be unconscious and was bare chested.

Investigators are asking people who saw or helped him at the three points in the picture to get in touch.

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