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Friends and family say goodbye to Viv Nicholson

The funeral has taken place today of one of the most famous ever pools winners, Viv Nicholson.

More than 50 years ago she won a fortune worth £5 million at todays prices.

But Viv famously vowed to "spend, spend,spend" and within five years the money was gone.

Today friends and family gathered to say goodbye to Viv - and her daughter and granddaughter paid tribute to the woman who's story captured the nation's imagination.

Chris Kiddey reports:

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Cancer support centre reopens at Leeds hospital

A MacMillan cancer support centre has re-opened at St James's hospital in Leeds today.

The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre supports people with all aspects of living with, and beyond, cancer by offering a wide range of information and supportive care services, which include emotional support, complementary therapies, hair loss support and financial advice.

Julian Hartley, Chief Executive Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust at the reopening

The centre has undergone a refurbishment so it can continue to deliver its existing services, and develop future supportive care services to meet increasing demand.

Cameron in 'career-defining election' gaffe

David Cameron accidentally described the general election as "career defining" instead of "country defining" as he addressed a question and answer session in Leeds.

The Prime Minister's slip up was immediately branded as revealing by Labour, who tweeted the Conservatives "were all about Dave."

Mr Cameron was speaking at Asda's Headquarters in the city centre following yesterday night's final televised debate before the election.

Daughter pays tribute to 'incredibly loving' Viv Nicholson

The daughter Viv Nicholson has paid tribute to the pools winner, describing her as "incredibly loving".

Suzi Nicholson was speaking on the day of her mother's funeral in Pontefract:

Viv hit the headlines in 1961 when she won more than £150,000 - the equivalent of £50 million today. She vowed to "spend, spend, spend" and within five years her fortune was gone. She died last month at the age of 79.

Wreath made by Viv's granddaughter Brooke for her funeral Credit: Brooke Nicholson

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Five men jailed for drugs offences

Five men from northern Lincolnshire have been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for their part in a major drugs operation that spanned numerous towns and cities across the country.

In total 21 people have received almost 150 years in prison for conspiring to supply class A drugs.

Ben Chapman, 28, from Immingham has been sentenced to 10 years in prison Credit: Humberside Police
Craig Johnson, 32, from Grimsby has been sentenced to 11 years in prison Credit: Humberside Police
Gary Chapman, 52, from Grimsby has been sentenced to five years and eight months Credit: Humberside Police
David Wells, 28, from South Killingholme has been sentenced to seven years Credit: Humberside Police
David Williams, 28, from South Killingholme has been sentenced to three years Credit: Humberside Police

The police investigation began in December 2013 when Humberside Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit commenced an operation targeting an organised crime group involved in the trafficking of cocaine into the Grimsby area.

Enquiries soon identified the group had links to other parts of the UK including Greater Manchester, London and the West Midlands.

In the following nine months, working closely with officers from other forces, seizures of cocaine, heroin and cannabis worth over £1 million and over £175,000 in cash were made in Humberside, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands.

The 21 people were all charged and have now been convicted of Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs at Birmingham Crown Court.

Bradford City fans raise more than £8,000 for Burns Unit

Bradford City fans raised more than £8,000 for the Bradford Burns Unit before last weekend's final home match against Barnsley, it has been revealed.

Credit: Press Association

A total of £8,700.20 was donated to the appeal by various City fan groups. The final figure includes several bucket collections.

Together with our friends from Barnsley Football Club, whom we also thank from the bottom of our hearts, you have donated an incredible £8700.20 towards this year's appeal; more than three times the amount we normally expect to receive. Approaching £4,000 was raised in notes alone! Someone put in their personal cheque for £25. Others brought money from their own collections. What a response!

– Bradford City statement

Collectors included people from Friends of Bradford City, Bantams DO (the newly formed organisation for fans with disabilities), Bradford Disability Football Club, The Supporters Board and the Trust.

The club says that two fans made their way from Scotland to give their help before taking their place in the stadium for the one minute's silence.

There was also support from firemen from White Watch at the Bradford Station and Bradford University who provided the buckets, tea-shirts and placards.

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