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West Yorkshire Chief Constable will not face charges

The chief constable of West Yorkshire Police will not face charges in relation to a bribery and misconduct investigation in Northern Ireland, prosecutors in the region have said.

Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Mark Gilmore, a former Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) officer, was suspended last June on full pay by West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson in the wake of a PSNI probe into the award of its police vehicle contracts.

The police chief, who denied any wrongdoing, was questioned by detectives in his native Belfast last August.

A file was then sent to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) for assessment.

A spokeswoman for the PPS said today: "The PPS has made a decision not to prosecute one individual in relation to the overall investigation - that is Mark Gilmore.

"There are a number of files relating to other individuals still under consideration.

"In relation to Mr Gilmore there was insufficient evidence to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction."

At the time of his suspension, Mr Gilmore, who attended police interview in Belfast voluntarily, insisted he had always acted with honesty and integrity.

I understand a decision has been taken by the Public ProsecutionService (PPS) in Northern Ireland not to prosecute Mark Gilmore.

A review of the suspension of the Chief Constable of WestYorkshire is currently being undertaken.

– Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Police investigating 'potentially suspicious' fire at health centre

Police in Huddersfield are appealing for witnesses following a potentially suspicious fire at a health centre in Birkby.

They would like to speak to anyone who has information about the fire at Birkby Health Centre, Norwood Road between 22.30 on Sunday April 12 and 00.00 on Monday April 13.

While the cause of the fire has not yet been determined a rear window at the property was damaged.

The fire itself caused substantial damage to an office at the rear of the building.

This incident has had a significant impact on the staff and patients at the health centre due to the damage caused. While the cause of the fire has yet to be determined we are treating it as potentially suspicious.

– PC Charlotte Saville, Huddersfield NPT

Bisexual man from Jamaica denied asylum

A bisexual man from Leeds will be deported back to Jamaica after his application to stay in England was rejected.

Orashia Edwards, left Credit: Orashia Edwards

Orashia Edwards started his campaign to stay in Leeds last year, citing fears that he could be persecuted because of his sexual orientation if he returns to Jamaica.

His bid for a judicial review has today been rejected.

Bradford City confirm takeover talks

Bradford City are in negotiations about a possible takeover, it has been confirmed.

Bradford City co-chairman Mark Lawn Credit: Press Association

Co-chairman Mark Lawn has confirmed that talks have begun with former QPR chairman Giovanni Paladini about a possible takeover.

We have signed a confidentiality undertaking and we are talking to him.

– Mark Lawn

Paladini, 69, is the former agent of Benito Carbone.


Ben Needham's family have travelled to Greece after new lead

Three generations of Ben Needham's family have travelled to Greece to follow up one of the strongest leads they've ever had since the toddler's disappearance.

Ben vanished from the holiday island of Kos in 1991 - but over the last few months his mother Kerry was contacted by someone who thinks he's Ben.

Kerry, his grandmother Christine and sister Leighanna went to meet him on mainland Greece.

Tour de Yorkshire podium jerseys unveiled

Three Tour de Yorkshire podium jerseys have been unveiled.

Credit: Tour de Yorkshire

They have been designed by a company founded in Leeds.

Milltag, founded by Leeds-born Ed Cowburn and his business partner Pete Kelsey, have been creating designer cycling kit for five years.

A fourth and final jersey will being unveiled tomorrow.

Credit: Tour de Yorkshire
Credit: Tour de Yorkshire
Credit: Tour de Yorkshire

The major international cycling race will be held on the 1st – 3rd May with the routes for the three days taking the event through some of the county’s most spectacular scenery.

Memorial service to be held for Viv Nicholson

The family of Viv Nicholson have announced plans to hold a memorial service as a mark of respect.

In a statement, they confirmed that the public service will take place after a private funeral on 1st May.

The memorial service will take place from 2pm to 3pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Sugar Street in Castleford.

The family will then be at the Magnet Hotel in Castleford from 4pm to 6pm and 'welcome anyone to join us who would like to pay their final respects to Viv.'

The family have set up a fundraising page for people to donate to the pools winner's chosen charity, Dementia UK.

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