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York Council loses appeal after fining motorists driving on Coppergate

City of York Council has lost a crucial appeal after it fined motorists who were caught on camera driving through Coppergate when barred.

The national Traffic Penalty Tribunal ruled last spring that the council had no power to issue penalty charge notices for using Coppergate and Lendal Bridge during an experimental traffic ban. Today announced it had dismissed the authority's challenge to that decision.

The tribunal said last summer that if the appeal was dismissed, the council would have to accept the decision unless it decided to apply to the High Court for judicial review.

The council has set aside £387,000 paid in fines by motorists for using Coppergate in case it has to issue refunds to them, although it still has the right of appeal.

City of York council said the tribunal's decision was 'flawed'.

We welcome the decision that the council is entitled to enforce the Coppergate Bus Lane, as these permanent restrictions have been in place on Coppergate for over 50-years and the initial tribunal’s decision was flawed in that respect.

The council will however be digesting the TPT’s full review and will be taking legal advice in respect of the decision referencing to signage.

– Neil Ferris, Assistant Director of Transport, Highways and Waste at City of York Council

Smaller parties hoping to gain share of power

In two weeks, voting will be over and results from the general election will be known.

Experts are describing it as the most unpredictable vote in recent times with opinion polls still pointing towards it being a hung parliament with no party winning an overall majority.

That's putting more focus than in previous ballots on what all the candidates are saying - not just the biggest two parties.

James Webster reports on the renewed interest in the smaller parties:

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Renewed appeal for missing York man

Police are urging the public to help trace missing man Charlie Whenham by reporting sightings of anyone matching his description.

Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Mr Whenham, 53, was reported missing on Thursday afternoon after failing to turn up for a meeting.

He was last seen at around 11.15am on Thursday in Exhibition Square in York.

He is described as white, around 5ft 10in tall, with a stocky build and grey hair. He is believed to be wearing dark blue jeans, blue Timberland boots and a grey cardigan. He may also have a black padded jacket with him.

Officers have been carrying out extensive searches in and around York in an effort to trace Charlie and are asking the public to help by looking out for him and getting in touch if they see him.

Indian restaurant owner appears in court over peanut allergy death

The owner of an Indian restaurant in North Yorkshire has appeared in court accused of the manslaughter of a father who suffered a fatal allergic reaction to peanuts after eating a takeaway.

The Indian Garden, in Easingwold Credit: Ross Parry

Mohammed Zaman, owner of the Indian Garden, in Easingwold, appeared at Northallerton Magistrates' Court charged over the death of Paul Wilson.

Mr Wilson, 38, suffered a severe anaphylactic reaction and died after buying a curry from the restaurant in January last year.

Zaman, 52, from Huntington, York, spoke only to confirm his name, age, address and that he understood his bail conditions during the brief hearing before magistrates.

Paul Wilson

The court heard that Zaman, who stood at the back of the courtroom wearing a dark blue suit with a checked shirt, was charged with manslaughter, perverting the course of justice and an immigration offence.

He also faces six offences in relation to unsafe food, the court was told.

No indication of plea was entered and details of the charges were not revealed in court.

The case was adjourned to Teesside Crown Court on May 8.

The chairman of the bench said: "We cannot deal with these matters in this court so it will go to the crown court at Teesside."

Charity single to raise cash for the Bradford Burns Unit

A special charity single is set to be released next week to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City Fire Disaster and to raise funds for the Bradford Burns Unit, which was founded in the wake of the tragedy.

The song - Everywhere We Go - is the brainchild of City's orthopaedic surgeon Steve Bollen, who plays with a Harrogate-based band 'Never 2 Late'.

The single includes radio commentary from the Bantams' memorable FA Cup run this season, with the chorus sung by the crowd and recorded at last month's League 1 match against Fleetwood Town at Valley Parade.

The song - which also features members of City's first team squad - will be played ahead of the Bantams' final home game of the season against Barnsley on Saturday, when there'll also be a minute's silence to remember the 56 fans who died in the tragedy on May 11, 1985.

It's due for full release on Tuesday 28th April, priced at just 99p, and it can be pre-ordered by clicking here.

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