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Yorkshire author writes book about Jeremy Bamber case

Thirty years after the murder of a family of five which shocked the nation, a Yorkshire author says she has written the definitive book on the subject.

The man who carried out the cold blooded killings - Jeremy Bamber - has maintained his innocence for years - but Carol Ann Lee says despite extensive inquiries she can find no one who says Bamber did not do it.

Bamber is still trying to win his freedom from his cell in Wakefield Prison.

Chris Kiddey reports:


Family says there are 'still questions' about Mylee's death

Mylee Weetman

"We would like to thank the Coroner for carrying out this painstaking investigation into the death of our little girl. We have great respect for his determination to uncover the truth, and this has given us some comfort in what has been an awful time.

We still, however, have questions about Mylee's treatment at Leeds. The staff involved in her care gave no explanation for why she died, neither at the time of her death nor during the Inquest. We felt as if they were trying to convince us that it was just 'one of those things', or maybe that the hospital was in denial about what had happened. The Coroner found that Mylee's brain damage had been caused by an air embolism passing from one part of her heart to another, resulting in a stroke.

We now know that a hole in Mylee's heart, known as a VSD, had not healed over by the time of her operation, and that this left her vulnerable to air bubbles in her bloodstream. We need to know why, if there were doubts about whether the hole in Mylee's heart was still present, more steps were not taken to minimise the risks to her during and after surgery.

Difficult as it was to hear, we are glad that the Coroner heard the comments of a neurologist about whether Mylee might have survived, even if she might have suffered lifelong brain damage. The neurologist did not accept the argument that the death was unexplained, and pointed to the probability of an identifiable cause.

It has been so distressing to relive the events around Mylee's death. There have been no easy answers for us throughout this process, but we have to know the truth. It hurts even more to know that there are other families who feel that their children were harmed at the Leeds heart unit; only a week after we lost Mylee, the unit was temporarily closed down, and this only makes us more anxious about the care that children were receiving there.

We hope that lessons will be learned from Mylee's story, and that this will go some way to preventing this from happening to anybody else's child. We will never forget Mylee, and we owe it to her to find the truth about what happened to her.

– The family of Mylee Weetman

Parents vow to fight on for life saving drugs despite NHS decision

The parents of 12-year-old Abi Longfellow say they will fight on - despite being told their daughter will not get what they believe could be a potentially life saving drug.

Abi, from Wakefield, suffers from a rare kidney condition which means she might have just five years left to live.

The Prime Minister even asked NHS England to review Abi's case. Her parents say they have been told there may be a change in policy in the future - but it cannot come soon enough for their daughter

Chris Kiddey reports.

Wildcats sign Tongan international Tupou

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have continued their late-season signing spree with the recruitment of Tongan international threequarter Bill Tupou.

The 25-year-old former Canberra centre or winger, who began his career at New Zealand Warriors, joins the Wildcats until the end of the season and could make his debut in Sunday's final match of the First Utility Super League regular campaign at Huddersfield Giants.

Tupou, who was in the New Zealand squad for the 2011 Four Nations Series before switching his allegiance to Tonga, is Wakefield's seventh signing in as many weeks following the arrival of Michael Sio, Kevin Locke, Jordan Tansey, Anthony Walker, Anthony Mullally and Lee Smith as they seek to retain their top-flight status in the Super 8s Qualifiers.

Wildcats chairman Michael Carter said: "I am delighted to welcome Bill to the club. He will provide much-needed competition in the centre position. I am looking forward to seeing him in red, white and blue."

Tupou said: "I am extremely excited about the opportunity I have here at Wakefield Trinity. I want help the club remain in Super League and will give my everything to try and make that happen."

Meanwhile, Wakefield have announced that Australian back-rower Matt Ryan has left the club with immediate effect.

Ryan, 27, made 42 appearances for the Wildcats after joining them from Parramatta two years ago and was out of contract at the end of the season.

Carter said: "I'd like to thank Matt for all his efforts at Wakefield Trinity and I wish him all the very best for the future."

Opening of inquest of four-year-old who died following heart surgery at LGI

The inquest has started into the death of a four-year-old girl from Doncaster, following heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary two years ago.

It happened a week before child heart surgery at the hospital was halted over safety concerns.

Adam Fowler reports from Wakefield Coroner's Court:


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