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David Gest's ashes scattered in York

The ashes of David Gest have been scattered at a ceremony in York, in accordance with his final wishes.

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The entertainer's ashes were scattered from the top of Clifford's Tower following a ceremony attended by family and friends.

Guests released white doves and balloons from the tower as part of the ceremony, held earlier this month after the historic attraction had closed for the day.

EU Ref: Polish couple head for Yorkshire

The issue of control over our own borders is seen as one of the biggest deciding factors for people voting in the EU referendum.

Latest figures revealed net migration to the UK increased to the second highest level on record, sparking a war of words between rival campaigns. Boris Johnson said staying in the union would be like "kissing good-bye to control of immigration". But Immigration Minister James Brokenshire warned quitting the EU would not provide the "silver bullet" that leave campaigners claimed.

So who are the people behind the statistics? Michael Billington has been to Poland - to meet one couple moving to Yorkshire - in the search for work.

Tomorrow night on Calendar - as Dariusz and Paulina touch down in Yorkshire - we find out why immigration has become such a fundamental issue for voters - when they go to the polls on June the 23rd.


Investigation after woman raped near University of York

Detectives are appealing for information after a woman was raped on a footpath near the University of York.

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They say the incident happened in the early hours of Friday 13 May 2016, at around 2.15am. It was reported to the police on 23 May.

It is believed a woman aged in her 20s was attacked on the public footpath that leads to Walmgate Stray, behind the university campus in Heslington.

The suspect is described as black, of medium build, aged between 20 to 30 and around 5ft 6in to 5ft 10in tall. He was wearing a dark coloured hoodie top.

Police are carrying out extensive enquiries into the incident and are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anyone matching the description of the suspect, witnessed any suspicious behaviour or has any other information that could help the investigation, to contact them.

The local policing team will be carrying out reassurance patrols in the area.

"Sexual attacks by strangers are rare, however, when they do occur, they can cause alarm in the local community. Our advice to anyone who studies, lives or works in the area is to adhere to our usual safety advice when out and about at night. Always stick together with your friends and get a taxi home. For students, the university security staff can help you with taxis and escorts across campus at night."

– Detective Inspector Mark Pearson, of North Yorkshire Police's Major Crime Unit
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