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Police investigate attack on teenage girl at York school

A 15-year-old girl in York fought off a man who assaulted her as she left school today.

The girl was leaving Joseph Rowntree School on Haxby Road at around 4pm when when she was approached by a man who assaulted her and put his hands on her head. The girl fought back and bit the man on his hand. He did not speak to her and left towards Haxby Road when she told him to leave her alone.

She was uninjured but was shaken by the attack and treated by a paramedic as a precaution.

The man is described as white, aged in his mid to late twenties, of thin build with dark circles under his eyes. He was wearing a dark coloured hooded top with yellow writing on the front with the hood pulled up, dark coloured trousers with white stripes up to the knees and dirty white trainers.

Police say it is likely that he will have a cut to his hand where he was bitten and are appealing for anyone with any information to get in touch:

This was a frightening incident for the victim and we are providing specialist support to her. She has provided a good description of the attacker and I urge anyone who recognises him from this description to contact North Yorkshire Police.

Reassurance patrols will continue in the area and we are asking pupils, parents and local people to be vigilant and report any suspicious people or activity to the police.

I also urge anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident and saw the attack happen, saw anyone loitering around the school or can help the police to identify the offender, to come forward as a matter of urgency.

– Inspector Steve Breen of York Safer Neighbourhood Team

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Claudia Lawrence's mother: I just want to know what's happened to her

The mother of missing York chef Claudia Lawrence is appealing to businesses, friends and family to include a picture of her in every Christmas card they send. Joan Lawrence has also asked for people to take a fresh look at pictures of her daughter, who she thinks may look very different to the images which the police issued when she disappeared. Frazer Maude reports.

Mother leads Christmas appeal for missing Claudia

The mother of missing York chef Claudia Lawrence is appealing to businesses, friends and family to include a picture of her in every Christmas card they send.

Joan Lawrence says the picture of Claudia with dark hair shows how she thinks her daughter is most likely to look.

The image police issued at the time of her disappearance over five years ago shows her with blonde hair.

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Dan Jarvis aims to raise minimum wage

The Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis will today bring forward a Private Members' Bill to raise the value of the National Minimum Wage. The Make Work Pay Bill, would set a target to bring the minimum wage closer to average earnings over five years.

Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis

Mr Jarvis said: "The National Minimum Wage was one of the last Labour government's proudest achievements and ended the scandal of people going to work for £1 an hour. More than five million people are trapped in low paid jobs. Families are on average £1,600 a year worse off since 2010 and the value of the national minimum wage has declined by five per cent over the same period.

Many of my constituents are struggling to make ends meet, often holding down several jobs and working long hours, so they can support their families. That is why I am introducing my Bill to make work pay to ensure we maintain the bond between our national wealth and the wages that people can take home for a hard day's work."

Businesses braced for "Black Friday"

Braced for Black Friday

Shops and businesses in the region are getting ready to open their doors for "Black Friday". It's winged its way across the pond from America and is apparently the day to bag a bargain before Christmas - and expected to be the biggest online shopping day ever in the UK.

Traditionally, Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States and often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

In the UK, however, Black Friday meant little until 2010. Before then, the only knowledge most shoppers had about the US craze was the television images of consumers fighting to get into the leading stores, such as Macy’s in New York.

But the online shopping revolution and the rise of multinational retailers eventually brought Black Friday across the Atlantic.

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