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Pensioner dies in hospital after being knocked down

An 88-year-old man who was struck by a car as he crossed a road in Wakefield has died in hospital.

It happened around 1pm after a Ford Focus, which was travelling in the direction of Batley Road and had just negotiated the bend at the bottom of Flanshaw Road, when it struck the man as he started to cross the road.

The injured man was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with serious injuries but died on Sunday. I am appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident and witnessed the collision to come forward and speak to police.’’

– DC Phil Stonebanks, Wakefield Police


Police appeal to find man missing from Wakefield

Police are appealing for help to find a man who has gone missing from Wakefield.

Mahdi Danesh who is missing from Wakefield Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Mahdi Danesh, aged 32, from Pinderfields Road, was last spoken to over the phone at noon on June 25 and was reported missing on June 28.

He is Iranian and is described as being 6ft tall, slim with black crew cut hair and dark brown eyes.

It is out of character for him to go missing like this and there are genuine concerns for his welfare. We would urgently like to hear from anyone who has seen him or who knows his current whereabouts."

– PC Sam Farr, Wakefield Police

Former Thomas Cook CEO to donate third of bonus to charity in wake of gas death tragedy

Thomas Cook's former chief executive Harriet Green has been awarded a shares bonus worth £5.7m but will donate a third to charity in the wake of the deaths of Christi and Bobby Shepherd from carbon monoxide poisoning on holiday in Corfu, the company said today.

Former Thomas Cook CEO Harriet Green Credit: Press Association

The children died from carbon monoxide poisoning on a Thomas Cook holiday in Corfu nine years ago. The travel firm faced a public outcry following an inquest which said they'd been unlawfully killed.

The company has said today the charities have been chosen in consultation with their parents.

Mother of children killed in Corfu gas leak teams up with Loose Women

Loose Women has teamed up with a mother who lost two children to carbon monoxide poisoning to raise awareness of the danger.

Sharon Wood's two children, aged seven and six, were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu, Greece.

Bobby and Christi Shepherd died in 2006

The campaign, Say No To CO, launches on Tuesday and Ms Wood will talk about how a carbon monoxide alarm could have saved her children's lives.

Ms Wood spoke about the campaign and how it will raise awareness of what she called the "silent killer".

She said: "There is nothing more important to a mother than keeping her family safe, particularly when we are away from home.

"We pack the calpol and the plasters, and now it's time we all take a CO monitor too. If my family had taken one on holiday, Christi and Bobby would most definitely still be with us."

– Sharon Wood

Loose Women will also be giving away 3,000 portable carbon monoxide alarms to viewers.

The show will also run a segment on Wednesday, with experts to show the dangers of the gas as well as tips for viewers on how to keep safe.

New RSPCA centre to open in West Yorkshire

RSPCA Leeds and Wakefield branch's new £1.5 million animal centre in East Ardsley opens to the public today, after over 10 years in the planning.

Credit: Press Association

The centre will care for and rehabilitate animals rescued from cruelty and neglect by RSPCA officers in West Yorkshire.

It's over 10 years since the branch's old centre on Cavendish Street, off Kirkstall Road, closed in 2004.

The old site was around 40 years old and needed upgrading to comply with licensing regulations, and when student flats were given the go-ahead to be built next door it meant dogs could no longer be housed there, so the branch decided to sell to the council.

The number of people convicted of animal cruelty after RSPCA prosecutions was the highest in the country here again last year (93), and the number of complaints investigated by RSPCA officers in West Yorkshire (8,440) was second only to Greater London (12,202).

We hope our new animal centre will be a symbol of the community's commitment to combat animal cruelty and be a safe haven for local animals in need.

– Branch manager Caroline Lewis-Jones


Inspirational Dr Kate Granger to run Leeds 10k

A doctor from Wakefield with incurable cancer is aiming to tackle the Leeds 10K in aid of the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.

Dr Kate Granger was awarded an MBE in the new year's honours list Credit: Press Association

Kate Granger, who won a pride of Britain award last year, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer four years ago.

She has since gone on to raise thousands for charity.

The race will take place next month.

Search for missing Damion scaled down by police

The family of a man from Bridlington who has been missing for more than six months say they are angry after police told them they are scaling back their investigation to find him.

Damion Vernon has not been seen since early December when he was reported missing by his family in Bridlington.

Police say they believe the 32-year-old travelled to Wakefield, but have now completed all lines of investigation.

The force will be keeping the case open, though.

Nothing has been seen or heard of Damion since he disappeared but as James Webster reports, his family believe someone knows what's happened to him:

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