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Hull one of 'best cities' for renting to students

The university cities of Hull, Glasgow and Manchester have been named as the country's top buy-to-let hot spots for landlords looking to invest in student properties.

Relatively low house prices in Glasgow combined with an average rent of more than £1,000 a month on a typical four-bedroom student property mean that landlords there can expect the best rental yields in the UK at around 4.95% according to a new study.

Zoopla's findings were for made for gross yields, before the deduction of tax and expenses. Hull had the second best rental yield at 4.80%, followed by Manchester at 4.59%.


Counselling offered to friends of dead climber

Leeds University are offering counselling to students affected by the death of a climber in the highlands of Scotland.

Graham Connell from Castleford was with a party of 35 climbers from the university, when the tragedy happened in the Cairngorms at the weekend.

We are sorry to learn of the death of one of our former students and our thoughts are with his family and friends. We are working with Leeds University Union and our counselling services to offer support to students who have been affected by this tragedy.

– Leeds University statement

Dead climber was 'wonderful teacher'

Former colleagues of a teacher from Castleford whose body was found after a climbing accident in the highlands of Scotland have described him as a "wonderful" teacher.

Graham Connell was with a party of 35 climbers from Leeds University, when the tragedy happened in the Cairngorms at the weekend.

Graham Connell was a wonderful member of staff who made a phenomenal contribution to Drama, Music and Dance productions over many years at Ralph Thoresby School. He will be greatly missed by staff and students and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

– Ralph Thoresby School statement
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Police name dead Cairngorms hillwalker

The hillwalker found dead after five others were rescued in the Scottish Highlands has been named by police.

The body of Graham Connell, 31, from the Castleford area of Yorkshire, was found at the Jacob's Ladder area of the Cairngorms.

A report will now be submitted to Procurator Fiscal.

Braemar Mountain Rescue Team located five of the walkers, uninjured, on a hill near Carn Tarsuinn on Monday.

Read: More on the Scottish Highlands hillwalkers.


Cairngorms search: body found

Police searching for six walkers, believed to be students from Leeds and missing in the Cairngorms, have recovered a man's body. There has been no formal identification, however police say there are currently no other outstanding missing people in the area.

Five of the missing walkers were been found safe and uninjured on a hill near Carn Tarsuinn by Braemar Mountain Rescue Team at around 12:10pm today. They were taken by helicopter to the Aviemore area. Shortly afterwards the body of a male was recovered in the Jacob's Ladder area of the Cairngorms.

No further details will be issued until all next of kin have been informed. Police inquiries into the incident are continuing. The walkers were part of a large group of 35 people who were visiting the Highlands. They are either from or connected to Leeds University.

Cairngorms search for Leeds students

Resecue teams search for six hillwalkers Credit: Scottish tv

Contact has been made with a group of six university students missing overnight in the Cairngorms. More than 100 people are involved in the search for the group, all from the Leeds area, and in their 20s. The alarm was raised when one of the party fell.

Members of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team struggled through difficult weather conditions to reach the casualty. A spokesman for Northern Constabulary said: “Contact has now been made with the group via phone and Grampian Police are assisting us in terms of locating them at this time.

The exact location of the group is not known but efforts are currently focused on making direct contact with them. ”

The search was called off on Sunday night and began again early today (Monday) with 60 people involved after reinforcements arrived from a number of other teams.

Donnie Williamson, who is involved in the rescue, said: "Weather conditions are hellish. We can't see our knees. The access road is blocked and as soon as it is cleared, it all blows back in again so we are having difficulty getting our vehicles up the hill.

"Our boys are having to walk in front of the vehicles so they can safely negotiate the road. We struggle all night to get up on to the hill and only managed it by 6am."

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