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Fifth person charged over botched drugs plot

A man from Ilkley is the fifth person to be charged in Britain over an international cocaine bust off Ireland last year.

James Andrew Hill, 30, was arrested by officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) at his home in Hampshire Close, Ilkley, on Tuesday over the Makayabella sting.

The luxury yacht was intercepted after crossing the Atlantic from Caribbean waters with about a tonne of cocaine on board worth about £160m.

Hill was charged with conspiring to import Class A drugs and was remanded in custody following an appearance at Wakefield Magistrates' Court, the NCA said.

He is due before Leeds Crown Court on July 15.

The Makayabella was intercepted in poor conditions by Irish authorities 200 miles off the south-west coast of Ireland last September.


Tribute paid to 'much loved and highly valued colleague' killed in Tunisia attack

Northern Rail has paid tribute to Christopher Bell from Leeds, after he was confirmed as one of the victims' in last week's Tunisia beach massacre.

Mr Bell and his wife Sharon were among 27 Britons killed in Tunisia.

Adrian Thompson from Northern Rail described Mr Bell as a 'much loved and highly valued colleague'.

We were deeply shocked and saddened to hear that our colleague Christopher Bell and his wife Sharon were among those killed in terrorist attacks in Tunisia.

Christopher was a much loved and highly valued colleague and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

– Adrian Thompson, HR Director, Northern Rail

Employer pays tribute to Tunisia victims from Leeds

Christopher and Sharon Bell

The employer of Sharon Bell, who was killed in the Tunisia beach massacre last week, says the care worker and her husband Christopher will be 'greatly missed'.

Sharon & Chris, you will be greatly missed by all family, friends, colleagues and clients alike. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very sad time

– Avanta Care
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