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Kirklees only region in UK to win Euro money

Kirklees has landed a million Euro prize for an innovative idea to help communities get the most from shared assets.

Huddersfield, Kirklees

Bloomberg Philanthropies has today announced the winners in its 2014 Mayors Challenge, an ideas competition that encourages cities to generate ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life – and that have the potential to spread to other cities.

Kirklees was the only UK area to win one of the prizes.

Barcelona won the 5million Euro prize, but Kirklees was granted 1 million alongside other bids from Athens, Stockholm, and Warsaw.

In simple terms, the Kirklees idea takes assets that are not fully used or completely unused and frees them up for communities to use and share.

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Whales Spotted Wandering by Whitby

A rare sei whale off the coast of Whitby Credit: JILL SMITH

Whales have been spotted in the North Sea off Whitby. You don't need to travel to far-flung locations to experience the thrill of spotting whales, they can be seen at this time of year close by the North Yorkshire coast Jill Smith is a regular whale spotter and snapped this picture of a rare sei whale cruising past the North Yorkshire resort.

Minke whale offshore Whitby Credit: JILL SMITH

Minke whales have been seen this last couple of weeks with enthusiasts getting up close enough to 'smell the fish on their breath'

Humpback Whale seen on a recent trip from Whitby Credit: LUCY THORNTON

Whitby whale trip organiser Bryan Clarkson said: 'In the summer and autumn months, whales move south along the east coast of Yorkshire, following the shoals of mackerel and herring. From the mid-18th Century, ships headed to Greenland in search of the elusive creatures with dozens of boats returning to bring back the carcasses to be rendered by the harbourside. Thankfully, those days of barbarity are long since gone.' Whales can be spotted off the coast at Whitby up until November.

Rent reduction for Kirkgate Market traders

Leeds City Council has approved a 20 per cent rent reduction for traders to compensate for trading conditions during the multi-million pound refurbishment to the market.

Rent reduction for Kirkgate Market traders

The report proposed a reduction for traders until September 2015 to compensate for trading conditions during the construction work. It also recommended £100,000 be put into the project, so as to allow for the temporary relocation of Fish and Game Row traders during more extensive works as part of the refurbishment.

The council says it is keen to ensure that as much of the market as possible remains open and trading during the period of construction.

It is essential that we improve Kirkgate Market to make it more attractive to today’s customers and traders, and to build on the many distinct advantages the market already has. We are aware however, that any project of this scale is going to cause disruption, and therefore we are putting plans in place early on to ensure we minimise disruption to traders and customers alike during this time of exciting change.

– Cllr Richard Lewis

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Man suffers serious injuries in dog attack

A man is in hospital with serious injuries after being attacked by two American Pit Bulls in Bradford.

Police say they were called to Buttershaw Drive at 7.30am today.

Officers say they secured the two Pit Bulls which were taken away along with a Red Nosed Pit Bull by specialist officers.

Two men are being questioned in connection with the attack and police are appealing for anyone else who saw the incident to contact them.

Man arrested over serious sexual assault in Leeds

A man has been arrested by detectives investigating a serious sexual assault on a woman in Leeds.

Man arrested over serious sexual assault in Leeds

The 20-year-old man, from Leeds, was arrested yesterday in connection the incident which happened in the Crown Street car park at the rear of the Corn Exchange in the city centre in the early hours of Saturday, 6 September.

He is currently in custody.

Region's unemployment figures revealed

Unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber fell by 25,000 in the three months to July, official figures have revealed.

Unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber fell by 25,000 in the three months to July, official figures have revealed. Credit: Press Association

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that a total of 203,000 people were unemployed in the region between May and July.

The region's unemployment rate was 7.3% and saw a fall of 11% during the period. The worst area in the UK was the South West which recorded a 17,000 increase in the number of people without a job.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has fallen below one million for the first time in six years, new figures showed.

The claimant count fell for the 22nd month in a row in July by 37,200 to 966,500, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This is the first time the figure has been below one million since September 2008.

The Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith says getting people in to work gives them a better chance:

The jobless total was 2.02 million in the quarter to July, down by 146,000 on February to April, giving a lower-than-expected unemployment rate of 6.2%.

Analysts had forecast an unemployment rate of 6.3%.

The jobless total is now 468,000 fewer than a year earlier, the largest annual fall in unemployment since 1988.

Average earnings including bonuses rose by 0.6% in the year to July, while average earnings excluding bonuses were 0.7% higher.

There are now 30.61 million people in work, 74,000 more than February to April, the smallest quarterly increase since April to June 2013.

The Chancellor added that unemployment in Scotland was down to 6%, below the UK average.

Despite a steady two-year easing of unemployment with record numbers in work, the rise in average earnings is still a long way short of the pace of inflation at 1.5%.

The Bank of England halved its forecast for average wage growth last month, saying it now expects average salaries to rise by 1.25% this year.

Motorcyclist killed in collision near Wakefield

A motorcyclist has been killed in a collision near Wakefield.

It happened on the A637 Huddersfield Road near Haigh around 7.40pm yesterday evening (16/09).

The 37-year-old man was travelling south towards Bretton Mill Farm along with a second motorcyclist, when he was in collision with a trailer being pulled by a tractor that had exited from a nearby field.

The motorcyclist subsequently died at the scene

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them.

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