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Man, 24, killed when car hits tree

Appeal for witnesses

A 24-year-old man has died and another, also 24, received serious injuries when their vehicle left the road and hit a tree in Wakefield last night.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the fatal collision which happened shortly before 9.50pm on Flanshaw Way. The dead man was a passenger in a black Skoda Fabia travelling towards Flanshaw Lane.

The driver is being treated in Leeds General Infirmary where his injuries are said to be serious but non-life threatening. Police are appealing for witnesses.

As part of our ongoing enquiries in to this collision, we would like to hear from anyone who witnessed this incident or the manner of driving of the vehicle prior to the collision. Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Collision Enquiry Team via 101.

– Sergeant Carl Quinn, West Yorkshire Police

University lecturers to stage 48-hour strike in pay row

University lecturers across our region are set to begin a two-day national walkout today in an ongoing row over pay.

Credit: Press Association

The strike has been called by the University and College Union (UCU).

Further industrial action will see staff working to contract from this point, which includes refusing to work overtime, set additional work or undertake voluntary tasks such as covering for colleagues.

The move is likely to cause disruption on campuses around the country.

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The day Richard Dunn took on the mighty Muhammad Ali

Hero's welcome back home for Richard Dunn after the Muhammad Ali fight Credit: PA

For anyone who can remember 40 years ago - that's 1976 - it was the year of a record heatwave, Brotherhood of Man won the Eurovision Song Contest with "Save Your Kisses for Me" and James Callaghan became Labour Prime Minister.

But this very day 40 years ago, May the 24th, Bradford boxer Richard Dunn took on Muhammad Ali for the World Heavyweight title - one of only four British boxers ever to take on 'The Greatest" - in Munich.

He may have lost the bout but his place in boxing history was assured. He'll be joining us on Calendar later but let's have a bit of a wallow in 1976 nostalgia.

Victory for baby ashes campaigners in Hull

Parents who have been calling on Hull City Council to hold a local inquiry into the baby ashes scandal are celebrating a victory for their campaign.

Justice Secretary Michael Gove has today written to the council demanding it holds an independent inquiry - similar in extent to the Emstrey inquiry in Shropshire.

Hull MP Diana Johnson and Tina Trowhill met with the Justice Secretary in February

Tina Trowhill, along with Hull North MP Diana Johnson, met with justice secretary Michael Gove in February.

Tina's son William was stillborn in 1994. She was told there would be no ashes, and only in 2014 did she find out there had been - and they had been scattered at a crematorium in the city. She launched a support group and dozens more parents came forward with a similar story.

The meeting with Mr Gove followed an investigation by Calendar, which found the scandal went deeper. It found the ashes of up to 50 babies were still being held at Co-op Funeralcare, which had a historic working arrangement with the local NHS Trust. Some dated as far back as 23 years ago.

Today, Diana Johnson confirmed that Mr Gove had written to her, informing her that he was to ask Hull City Council to hold a local inquiry - something that it has refused to do during the 18-month campaign.

The letter says:

''I am pleased to be able to tell you that my fellow Secretaries of State for Health, and Communities and Local Government, have agreed with me that there is a need for an historic investigation into the practices relating to infant cremations in the Hull area, and we have today jointly written to the Chief Executive of the council asking him to commission this.

We have suggested that the Hull investigation should have similar terms of reference to the Emstrey investigation. It will be independent of central Government.''

– Justice Secretary Michael Gove, in a letter to Diana Johnson MP

In a statement, Hull City Council says it will consider the request, but will not commit to holding an inquiry.

"We are very sensitive to the feelings of those who have been affected by this historic issue and of the need to ensure that parents across the country do not have to deal with the upset and uncertainty of not knowing what has happened to their baby's ashes.

"No decision has yet been made to hold a local inquiry but we will consider the Minister's request taking into account all of the work that has been undertaken locally with the hospital and funeral directors, the previous enquiries in Scotland and Shropshire and the recent national call for evidence, towards which we have contributed substantially.

"Our position has always been that this is a national issue and that the best way to ensure that parents, at a time of great distress, have confidence in a consistent and caring process across all hospitals, funeral directors and crematoria in dealing with the ashes of their babies is for the Government to develop and issue clear guidelines within a national Code of Practice, based on the findings of a national inquiry."

– Trish Dalby, Deputy Chief Executive, Hull City Council
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