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Authority to discuss Bradford HS3 plans

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Plans for the HS3 route to go through Bradford will be discussed at a meeting today. West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has issued a report which calls on Transport for the North (TfN) to include additional stops in its plans for HS3, including one in Bradford city centre.

The proposal, which has been welcomed by business and community leaders in the city, will be discussed at the WYCA meeting today.

HS3 is expected to cut journey times between Manchester and Leeds from 49 minutes to 30 minutes.

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Ice bucket challenge hailed for funding breakthrough

  • Paula and Robert Maguire, the couple who brought the Ice Bucket Challenge to the UK and raised £7m came into the ITV Calendar studio. They were joined by Suzanne Maguire (no relation) from Doncaster, who has Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and her mother Eve.

The global craze that saw celebrities join millions in being doused in freezing water for charity has been credited with funding a scientific breakthrough.

A host of famous names, from Bill Gates to Kim Kardashian and Stephen Hawking to George W Bush, took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014 to raise awareness of ALS, commonly known as motor neurone disease in the UK.

Two years on, though, their efforts are being hailed for funding research that has discovered a gene linked to the disease which could spark new treatments and therapy developments.

The challenge was brought to the UK by Paula and Robert Maguire from Wakefield who helped raise more £7 million for charity.

Police warning after rise in railway trespassing

An urgent warning has been issued to young people in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire as figures show trespass on railways is on the rise across the region.

The British Transport Police (BTP) has released footage showing some of the close calls in a bid to deter those who think playing on the tracks is something exciting to do during the summer holidays.

BTP is also stepping up patrols across the region.

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Woman dies after taking drugs on night out

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A 19-year-old woman has died after taking drugs on a night out in Leeds. 

The victim who has not been named was taken ill in Pryzm nightclub in the city centre and was helped outside by a friend before door staff became aware and called the club’s medical staff to assist.

She was taken to St James’s Hospital where she underwent emergency treatment but died soon after.

Test results have shown that she died as a result of hyperthermia and complications due to MDMA toxicity. 

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug and has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

"We are awaiting the outcome of further tests but at this stage it does appear she has died as a result of a reaction to the drug. "We therefore feel it is important to highlight her death and warn other people who may be considering taking MDMA powder, or anything that is being sold as that, about the potential risks to their health.

"Clearly consuming any illegal drug carries a risk to health and we would always advise people against it but we would we ask that people are particularly conscious of the risks following this young woman’s death."

– Detective Inspector Phil Jackson, of Leeds District CID

Pakistan police launch murder investigation into Bradford woman death

It's understood police in Pakistan have launched a murder inquiry following the sudden death of a Bradford woman in Pakistan - although no arrests have been made.

Samia Shahid, 28, died last week in northern Punjab

28-year-old Samia Shahid died after going to visit a sick relative in the northern Punjab last week. She was buried soon afterwards. Bradford West MP Naz Shah has called for her body to be exhumed.

Samia's second husband speaking to Calendar on the phone - claims it was a honour killing - something Samia's family have firmly denied.

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