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Bradford mother-of-six contracts mystery illness

Friends and family are rallying to help a Bradford father who has been left to bring up six children after his wife contracted a mystery illness.

Donna Ormondroyd, 35, has been left in a constant vegetative state - confined to a hospital bed with brain damage.

She will need 24-hour care when she does eventually return home. Her husband Gregg, a bus driver, says they have been offered a care package but he says he will need all the help he can get.

An appeal fund has already reached £3,000.

Chris Kiddey reports:

Two-year-old boy seriously injured in quad bike accident

Police in Wakefield are appealing for information after a two-year-old boy was seriously injured in quad bike accident.

The incident happened at 3pm yesterday on wasteland near to Silcotes Street.

It is believed a 23-year-old man was riding a blue quad bike, carrying a two-year-old boy. The boy fell from the quad bike after the bike hit a divot in the terrain.

The boy was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to hospital where he is being treated for serious, life-changing injuries.

I would appeal to anyone who was in the area yesterday afternoon and saw the quad bike and riders before the incident, or who witnessed the incident itself, to come forward. Enquiries are ongoing.

– Police Constable Dave Laybourne


Thomas Cook reveals profits for first time in five years

Making a profit

Beleaguered holiday firm Thomas Cook - heavily criticised following the deaths of two children from Wakefield on a holiday in Corfu - has posted its first annual bottom line profit for five years.

This is despite a £130 million sales hit from the Tunisian beach and hotel terrorist attacks in June.

The group said it had been a year of "considerable challenges" after coming under fire for its handling of the deaths of Bobby and Christ Shepherd. They died after being overcome from fumes from a faulty boiler at their holiday home on Corfu.

Christi and Bobby Shepherd

Chief executive Peter Fankhauser said the group had "confronted its mistakes" following the deaths of the children.

Thomas Cook posted profits after tax of £19 million - its first positive profit after tax since 2010 - while underlying earnings rose 11% to £310 million. But it said the suspension of holidays to Tunisia cost the group £130 million in sales, with underlying earnings impacted by around £22 million.

The group said the new financial year had got off to a good start despite cancelling its flights to Sharm-El-Sheikh in Egypt after the downing of a Russian passenger plane last month, while Tunisia holidays also remain suspended for most markets.

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