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Sheffield champ to fly the flag at Commonwealth Games

Sheffield's world squash champion Nick Matthew has been chosen to carry the English flag at tomorrow's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow.

Matthew, who was voted by his fellow athletes to be England's flagbearer, will be defending both the individual and doubles titles he won at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi 4 years ago.

He is the second Yorkshire athlete to carry the flag, with Hull's Karen Briggs having done so at Auckland in 1990 and says he is honoured to have been chosen:


Housing charity finding more people struggling to pay for homes

A housing charity says it has seen a 76 per-cent rise in calls from people in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire who are struggling to pay for their homes.

Shelter says it spoke to more than 600 people asking for advice after struggling to pay their rent or mortgage, or going into debt because of their housing costs.

Nadeem Kahn from the charity says it is a recurring theme:

Humberside Police have second highest rate of taser use in the country

Humberside Police have one of the highest rates of Taser use in the country according to a new report.

Taser use frequency revealed in new report
Taser use frequency revealed in new report Credit: Press Association

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found that the force used the weapon, which delivers a 50,000-volt shock, 462 times last year.

The average of 25 uses for every hundred officers is second highest in the country, beaten only by the Staffordshire force.

Lincolnshire were third highest in the country with 23 uses per hundred officers, 259 uses in total.

West Yorkshire Police used tasers 300 times with a significantly lower average of 6 per 100 officers.

North and South Yorkshire reported 157 and 73 uses with averages of 11 and 3 per 100 officers respectively.


Increase in people unable to afford mortgage and rent

The number of people across our region struggling to pay their rent or mortgage has soared by almost twenty per cent over the last year, according to housing and homeless charity Shelter. Last year hundreds of people across the region called Shelter's helpline because they were finding it difficult to pay for their homes.

Houses for rent
The number of people struggling has gone up by 20 percent Credit: PA

Research finds growing trend for people to work from coffee shops in place of office

It is the start of the working week and I wonder how many of you begun the day with that Monday morning feeling?

It can be quite a chore going into the office, which may explain why some are choosing to work elsewhere.

New research shows there is a growing trend for office workers to base themselves in a cafe or coffee shop. Lauren Hall reports.

York hosts first ever event celebrating sports for disabled people

York City Council is to host its first ever celebration of sports for people with disabilities. The week long event is being put on to meet the growing take-up of sport and opportunities for disabled people in the town. It will take place from Monday August 4, 2014 to Sunday August 10, 2014.

"From April 2013 to March 2014, 1,036 disabled people in York experienced a new sport or physical activity across all impairment groups. During the week many clubs will be opening their doors to their fun activities so even more people can try them free, as well as meet and make new friends. "

– Councillor Sonja Crisp, York City Council

Sports available include :

  • wheelchair basketball
  • boccia
  • football
  • cycling
  • new age kurling
  • goalball
  • swimming
  • indoor climbing
  • athletics
  • sitting volleyball
  • dance
  • tennis
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