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Duke of York opens new Yorkshire Air Ambulance support unit

The Duke of York has officially opened the Yorkshire Air Ambulance's new support base.

The Duke, a former Naval helicopter pilot and instructor, is Royal Patron of the rapid response emergency charity.

The move from Leeds Bradford Airport to Nostell near Wakefield means they're now within twenty minutes away from any call across the county.

Paul Gowland, Yorkshire Air Ambulance's Director of Fundraising says the Duke's visit is fantastic for Yorkshire:

Prince Andrew opens new air ambulance base

Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, has opened the Yorkshire Air Ambulance's new air support unit near Wakefield.

He observed the air ambulance team react to a incident from their new control room.


Duke to open Air Ambulance support base

Royal Patrol the Duke of York Credit: PA

The Duke of York will officially open Yorkshire Air Ambulance's support base at Nostell, near Wakefield today. The Duke, a former Naval helicopter pilot and instructor, is Royal Patron of the rapid response emergency charity.

Three years ago he opened the Yorkshire Air Ambulance's northern base at RAF Topcliffe at Thirsk in North Yorkshire.

Forty three arrested in Wakefield drugs busts

More than 40 people have been arrested in drugs busts across Wakefield.

Forty arrested in Wakefield drugs bust

Officers from Wakefield Police supported by Protective Services Crime 87 addresses in Wakefield, Castleford, Normanton and Leeds as part of a five day operation to target street level dealers and their suppliers.

So far, 43 arrests have been made in what has been the biggest operation of its type in Wakefield in a number of years.

Officers seized almost 300 bags of cannabis in one raid, as well as thousands of pounds in cash and equipment suspected of being involved in drugs manufacture.

Police in Wakefield are making a real effort to restrict the supply of drugs in the district and put pressure on those who think it is acceptable to deal them. This operation has seen us arrest suspects from communities in Wakefield, Castleford and Normanton amongst others and I hope the scale of this arrest phase will demonstrate to residents that we will not tolerate those who think it is acceptable to deal in their communities.

– Chief Superintendent Simon Whitehead

This has been one of the largest operations carried out in Wakefield District in a number of years and has seen us make 43 arrests so far targeting suspected street level dealers and their suppliers. Our enquiries remain ongoing and our raids this week have already uncovered new information and intelligence which we will be working with. I can promise residents they will see more investigations in the weeks to come.

– Detective Inspector Steve Greenbank of Wakefield District CID


Meet 'Mogzilla' the super cat .... and he's still growing!

Ludo the super-size feline is three times the size of a normal cat - and he is still growing. His owners, Kelsey and Matthew Gill from Ryhill, near Wakefield, wonder if he could even be THE biggest cat in the UK.

Quite a handful

Ludo, a Maine Coon cat weighs in at 24.5lbs (11kg) and is 45 inches long. Mr and Mrs Gill bought him from a breeder around a year ago - and have been told that at only 17 months old, he is set to continue growing.

At 28 weeks and 12.5lbs he was roughly the size of the Gill's son, Cameron, but he's since almost doubled in size.

As big as a child

As a kitten he was tiny. But whatever their size, Maine Coons are known as ‘the gentle giants’ of the cat world and the Gills say that, despite being the size of a dog, he's very friendly and affectionate.

Tiny as a kitten

Car found in search for missing Outwood man

Police in Wakefield are appealing for information to trace a missing Outwood man.

Stephen Pollard has been missing since Friday Credit: West Yorkshire Police

58-year-old Stephen Pollard from Newton Lane, Outwood who has been missing since February 27th.

His silver Mazda 6 was recovered yesterday from Balk Lane in Stanley and officers have been searching in the area.

He is described as white, medium build about 1.73m in height with brown eyes and grey receding hair. He was wearing jeans, a t shirt, green coat, black shoes and glasses.

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