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Aid worker urges British security cohesion after double questioning

A campaigner who has been distributing aid to Syrian refugees has described the appalling conditions he witnessed, as people flee the conflict there.

Nazim Ali from Bradford travelled three thousand miles to the Turkish-Syrian border to help hundreds of refugees in the town of Reyhani.

He is planning to return next year. But before he does, he is urging British security services to improve the way they work together, after he was spoken to twice by separate agencies - once before he left home and then again when he was held at Manchester airport when he got back.

Lisa Adlam has his story:


Court hears teaching assistant taped pupil to chair

A West Yorkshire mother has described the moment her seven-year-old daughter told her a teaching assistant had taped her to a chair as "heartbreaking".

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told Bradford Crown Court how the young girl "clung" to her "for dear life" with tears streaming down her face after the incident at school.

Rachael Regan, a classroom assistant, and Deborah McDonald, a teacher, are accused of carrying out a five-month campaign of bullying against the girl at a school in the Calderdale area.

The trial has heard how the pair carried out a catalogue of incidents against the pupil, including shutting her in a storeroom, tying her shoes on with string, sticking post-it notes on her thumbs, calling her a nickname, kicking her chair, goading her with a biscuit, hiding her doll and tearing up her photograph.

The girl's mother told the jury that her "bubbly and outgoing" daughter started to make excuses to not go to school but she did not understand why.

She described the moment the girl, who is now nine years old, told her about being taped to the chair.

She said: "(My daughter) just came rushing out and hugged me and tears were just rolling down her face.

"It was just so heartbreaking to see her like that because (she) is so bubbly and outgoing and I have never seen my daughter so upset. She just clung to me for dear life."

The woman said her daughter had tears in her eyes as she told her about being taped to the chair.

She told the court: "(My daughter) said one of the teachers had Sellotaped her to the chair and that all her class friends were laughing at her.

"I said 'How did you feel?' and she said 'Very upset'."

She continued: "She said 'They all thought I was funny. I was the clown. They all laughed at me'."

The woman said her daughter did not find the incident funny and believed she was intimidated by what happened.

The girl's mother said she had previously spoken to the school after her daughter told her a teacher had stuck Post-it notes to her thumbs to stop her sucking them.

She told the court her daughter also claimed that one of the teachers tied her pumps on with string and put her favourite doll in a storeroom.

She said the girl became increasingly clingy and told her mother she wanted to change schools.

The defendants deny the charges.

Yorkshire Carnegie deny sacking manager Mercer

Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union club have denied reports that they have sacked manager Gary Mercer, however the club have admitted he has been relieved of first team duties.

Yorkshire Carnegie deny sacking manager Mercer Credit: Press Association

The team, formerly Leeds Carnegie, have struggled this term, sitting third bottom of the Championship without a win in three games.

In a statement the club said:

The Board is naturally disappointed with the start we have made to the season, and we are working hard to ensure that an immediate improvement is made and sustained following the draw with Plymouth Albion on Friday night.

As part of this ongoing process, we have held detailed discussions with Gary. We now enter a spell of three weeks of British & Irish Cup pool games and, as per the last period of games in this competition, Tommy McGee will take charge of team affairs whilst the board, under the stewardship of Sir Ian McGeechan, look to resolve the best way forward for the club.

– Yorkshire Carnegie


Film based on heroic Afghan rescue screened in Leeds

A film about a heroic rescue mission in Afghanistan has been screened in Leeds with some of the main protagonists in the audience.

Paul Hartley, who is known as Tug, is a central character in the film 'Kajaki: The True Story'.

His role on-screen is taken by an actor from his home town, Huddersfield, who will be joining Paul at the showing which is also raising money for military charities.

Lisa Adlam reports:

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