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Police release e-fit after attempted robbery

Police investigating an attempted robbery in Leeds on last Thursday have released an e-fit of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

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The incident happened at approximately 6pm in the car park to Holborn Towers, Shay Street, Leeds.

The victim was driving his car when two men gestured for him to stop. One of the men, who was white, then attempted to enter into conversation with the victim before attempting to pull the keys from the car's ignition.

Police say the victim then tried to stop this happening but was then hit by the same male who tried again to pull the keys from the ignition. As a result of this the key ring broke.

The two men then made off towards the Londis store on Woodhouse Street.

One of them is described as white, the other black.

Leeds MP blasts NHS England as 'cowards' in fight for drugs

An MP from Leeds says he is "disgusted" at the way NHS England have acted towards families, charities and ministers after senior officials failed to attend a meeting.

Greg Mulholland MP met life sciences minister George Freeman MP yesterday, and took along representatives from several charities and drugs companies.

He said that despite receiving a face-to-face assurance from NHS England official Anthony Prudhoe that he would be present at the meeting, NHS England failed to show up.

Mr Mulholland said he is "disgusted at NHS England cowards for failing to be answerable for their own mess."

He added that during the meeting yesterday, it emerged that NHS England had clearly been misleading the life sciences minister.

The MP has also tabled a parliamentary motion calling on Jeremy Hunt to use his power and intervene.

We have ministers saying the decision is not down to them, but rather NHS England. But NHS England are repeatedly failing to reply to letters or even turn up to meetings despite Anthony Prudhoe telling me they will attend, and ministers are wrongly claim they are unable to intervene when their power to do so is set out clearly in black and white.

I am disgusted at the NHS England cowards for failing to be answerable for their own mess, and for completely letting down the 180 people who desperately need treatment. Ministers absolutely must intervene, and with people's lives at stake, they must do so now.

– Greg Mulholland MP

Mr Mulholland is campaigning for NHS England to announce interim funding for the just 180 people across the UK who are affected by the ultra-rare diseases such as Morquio disease - which affects Mulholland's six year-old constituent Sam Brown from Otley.

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Woman sentenced for attempting to smuggle 55,000 cigarettes

A woman from West Yorkshire has been sentenced for attempting to smuggle 55,000 cigarettes.

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Shantaz Bi, 42, from Dewsbury, wrapped the packets in tin foil to hide them.

She has been sentenced to six months, suspended for two years after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Ms Bi was stopped by officers from the UK Border Force (UKBF) at Birmingham Airport on her arrival from Pakistan in September 2014.

A search of her eight suitcases revealed the non UK-duty paid cigarettes, worth an estimated £13,000 in lost duty and taxes.

Daughter of cycling star to ride in Tour de Yorkshire women's event

The daughter of cycling great Beryl Burton is set to ride in the Tour de Yorkshire Ride Cycletta, a mass participation cycle ride for women along the route of the Tour de Yorkshire.

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Denise Burton-Cole will take on the 50km sportive on Sunday 3rd May.

She rode alongside her mother for Great Britain in the 1972 World Championship and won bronze in the 1975 World Individual Pursuit Championship.

I am absolutely delighted to be taking part in this event. It is fantastic for Yorkshire to have an international cycle race and for a mass participation women’s event to run alongside it on the last day is terrific. I can’t wait to be part of it.

– Denise Burton-Cole

Nearly 300 women have already signed up for to ride in the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Cycletta Ride.

It is great to have Denise in the Tour de Yorkshire Cycletta Ride. Denise was inspired by her mother to take up cycling and went on to become a medal winner and now Denise is inspiring other women to take up the sport.

– Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire

Zayn Malik: The band has been really supportive

Zayn Malik has denied that there has been any negativity between him and the rest of the band, before or after he made his decision to quit One Direction.

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And he insists he did not compare his situation to that of Robbie Williams who left Take That in 1995 due to ill-feeling among the group.

"My band has been really supportive", he told The Sun.

Malik revealed that the rest of the band, Harry Styles, 21, Louis Tomlinson, 23, Niall Horan, 21, and Liam Payne, 21, are keen to keep going as One Direction.

I still want them to do it for a while ... I think they're going to do OK for a while. I think they're going to be cool.

– Zayn Malik

Sir Patrick Stewart to step down as Chancellor of Huddersfield University

Sir Patrick Stewart has announced he will step down as Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield.

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The actor, born in Mirfield, has held the position at the institution for 12 years.

He regularly presided over events such as graduation ceremonies, often leading processions through the streets, wearing his Chancellor’s robes. He also met large numbers of students and staff and acted as an overseas ambassador for the University of Huddersfield during his travels and on official visits to destinations, such as Hong Kong and China.

It is expected that Sir Patrick will step down as Chancellor after this summer’s graduation ceremonies, but as yet there is no news of a successor.

I am extremely proud of the University of Huddersfield and all it has achieved. Although I am standing down from my role as Chancellor you can be sure I will still be taking every opportunity to talk about the University and I look forward to continuing to meet Huddersfield graduates around the world.

– Sir Patrick Stewart
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