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Banners to mark strike anniversary

Banners carried by miners to mark the end of their year-long strike are to be displayed in Wakefield commemorating 30 years since the dispute ended.

Tens of thousands of mineworkers marched back to their pits 12 months after the start of the walkout over closures, many holding specially made banners portraying their solidarity.

Some of those banners will now be displayed at Wakefield's Unity Works on March 7, 2015 under the title 'Banners Held High' during a day of music, drama, debates and films to remember the emotional end of the strike.

New drug-driving law comes into force

New rules intended to crack down on those driving under the influence of drugs come into effect from today Monday March 2, 2015.

New drug driving laws come into force

Legal limits have, for the first time, been laid out for eight illegal and eight prescription drugs - with motorists to be prosecuted if they are found to have exceeded them.

It will effectively mean a zero tolerance policy for anyone caught under the influence of heroin, cocaine and cannabis.

Week of events marks 30 years since end of miners' strikes

A series of events begin this week to mark the end of the year-long pit strike 30 years ago.

Coal miners, lead by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) chief Arthur Scargill, walked out of pits in Yorkshire, Kent, Scotland and the North East before voting in a union wide ballot.

The strike started when the Thatcher-led Government announced the closure of 20 pits and the loss of 20,000 jobs.

Former miners maintain that the industrial action was justified:


Yorkshire prisons among most overcrowded, report finds

Some of the country's most crowded prisons are right here in Yorkshire, according to a report released today.

Yorkshire prisons among most overcrowded, report finds

The Howard League of Penal Reform found that Doncaster prison was holding almost 400 prisoners more than it should have.

Leeds prison was the most overcrowded in the country, with almost twice as many prisoners as it should have,

Police release images in search for man's attackers

Police appealing for witnesses after a serious assault in Leeds in the early hours of Sunday morning have released CCTV stills of two men they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

Do you recognise these men? Credit: West Yorkshire Police
Witnesses asked to come forward Credit: West Yorkshire Police

It happened outside the Club Mission night-club on Heaton's Court at around 3.30am. The 23-year-old victim, who is from Wakefield, was left unconscious with head injuries and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary.

Police are looking for two men who walked off towards Lower Briggate after the attack. Detective Chief Inspector Steve Snow said one of the men was recognisable by his distinctive 'undercut' hair style which is completely shaved all the way around the level of the ear and then pointed at the front.

This happened at a busy time of the night when there were lots of people around enjoying a night out. The seriousness of the incident may not have been immediately apparent at the time. I would appeal directly to anyone who witnessed this to get in contact. The CCTV stills we have released are quite clear and I am appealing directly to the two men pictured or anyone who recognises them to get in contact immediately. We believe they may have been in Leeds with a group of men from the West Midlands area who were inside Club Mission. The two tried to get into the club but were declined entry.

– Detective Inspector SteveSnow
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