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Renewed appeal to find missing Bridlington man

Police are renewing an appeal to find a father of two from Bridlington who has been missing since Monday 8 December.

Damion Vernon Credit: Humberside Police

32 year-old Damion Vernon was last seen in Wakefield and has not been in touch with friends or family since his disappearance.

Police are keen to find any information about Damion, or anyone who believes they may have seen him on the day he went missing.

Fines after miner killed at museum

Michael Buckingham

Yorkshire’s National Coal Mining Museum Trust and two companies have been ordered to pay a total of £590,000 in fines and costs after a worker was crushed and killed at the museum in 2011.

58-year-old Michael Buckingham from Grimethorpe near Barnsley died after he became trapped between a tunnel construction machine and a dumper loader that he was operating.

The fatal incident happened 138 metres below ground at the museum’s site at Caphouse colliery in Wakefield.

Sheffield Crown Court heard that Mr Buckingham, an experienced miner and electrician, was part of a team working on the second phase of a £2.7 million improvement project. This involved constructing 140 metres of new tunnels to revitalise the visitors’ tour and increase the number of exhibition galleries.

Mr Buckingham sustained fatal crush injuries when he became trapped between the tunnel construction machine and the forward-tipping dumper - a mineral carrying machine - that he had been operating. Health and Safety inspectors found the dumper was unsafe.

The dumper truck


Four men arrested as man fights for his life

A 38-year-old man from Bradford is seriously ill in hospital after a mass street fight in Wakefield.

Police say it's the third incident of its kind in the last three months.

Forensic officers working at the scene of the Westgate assault.

It happened on Westgate around 5am.

Police believe the injured man was felled with a single punch and struck his head on the road.

Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen said, "This is about the third incident in as many months that I have dealt with like this.We have a man in hospital now he is very seriously injured - very serious head injuries"

Police are appealing to any witnesses to come forward.

Four men are in custody being questioned on suspicion of assault.

Can you help this parrot find its way home for Christmas?

Red parrot in a garden tree Credit: Reave Westwell

Christmas may be the season for the partridge in a pear tree, but in Wakefield the buzz is more about a parrot in a garden tree. The red bird has been popping in and out of Reave Westwell's garden for the last couple of months. She thinks it might be someone's pet that's gone missing. Do you know whose parrot it is? Get in touch


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