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Figures show rise in Yorkshire tourism

Yorkshire has experienced a surge in tourism, after welcoming over six hundred thousand overseas visitors in the first half of this year.

Betty's tea room in York Credit: PA

The uplift sees the highest number of visits to the region since 2008, with the impact of hosting the Tour de France still to come.

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York police seek information on assault

York police are appealing for information after a woman was assaulted in the city.

The assault happened at around 9.50pm on Wednesday 22 October, on The Green, Acomb, close to the junction with Danebury Drive.

A 44-year-old woman was walking towards Tostig Avenue, when she was verbally abused by three men who were sitting on a bench. One of the group then approached the victim and punched her face. As a result she suffered bruising to her right cheek.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged in his twenties and around 5ft 8in tall with a slim build. At the time he was wearing a black and white hooded top, blue jeans and white trainers.

If you witnessed the assault I urge you to come forward and contact the police straight away as you may have vital information which could help my enquiries.

– PC Chris Storey, York Safer Neighbourhood Team

Man charged over Grimsby murder

A man arrested in connection with the murder of Sheikh Zubair Hamidi in Freeman Street, Grimsby earlier this week has been charged.

Junaid Hamidi, 28, of Clacton-on-Sea has been charged with one count of murder.

He has been detained for court and is due to appear this morning at Grimsby and Cleethorpes Magistrates Court.

Man wanted for breaching bail

York Police are urging the public to report sightings of a man who failed to turn up for court.

John Alcock has been charged with common assault Credit: York police

John Alcock, aged 46, failed to appear at court to answer a charge of common assault.

Alcock, is also wanted for breaching his bail conditions.

Officers have been carrying out checks at various address throughout York in effort to locate Alcock, who is believed to still be in the city.

Police are urging people to help them find Alcock by reporting sightings of anyone matching his description.

He is described as white, around 5ft 6in tall, with a medium build, brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information should contact police and quote reference number 12140181715.

Rotherham Council set to appoint interim Chief Executive

Rotherham council is expected to rubber stamp the appointment of Jan Ormondroyd as its new chief executive today following the child sex abuse scandal.

Jan Ormondroyd is to be appointed interim Chief Executive of Rotherham Council

She'll be the temporary replacement for Martin Kimber, who's to step down after sharp criticism of the council.

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Seriously ill children take trip of lifetime 'dreamflight'

It has been described as the trip of a lifetime for children with serious illnesses and disabilities. Every year, the charity Dreamflight takes nearly two hundred 8 to 14-year-olds to Florida, where they visit theme parks, meet Disney characters and even go swimming with dolphins.

A number of children are from Yorkshire, travelling from Wakefield, Barnsley, Sheffield and Huddersfield. They flew out this weekend, and reporter Lauren Hall was there to wave them off.

Yorkshire Marathon : 'lifetime achievement' for many

Thousands took to the streets on Sunday to run Yorkshire's second marathon, set up last year to honour Jane Tomlinson's £2 million fundraising achievement.

The marathon was set up last year to commemorate Jane Tomlinson's £2m fundraising achievement Credit: Press Association

The even kicked off at the University of York's Heslington campus and went through various historic sites in York city centre.

Boniface Kongin, from Kenya was the first to cross the finish line, with a time of 2:13:59.

7000 competitors, aged between 18 and 76 participated in the event.

The marathon commemorates the legacy of the late fundraiser and campaigner Jane Tomlinson who raised a staggering £2 million for charity by tackling a series of challenges, including cycling over 4,000 miles across America, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.

A host of celebrities including Danny Mills, former Leeds United and England defender took part in the event yesterday.

When you read about what she did, what she went through to start this off.. you've just got to put a bit back.

– Danny Mills, Footballer

To get 7000 people out of bed on a Sunday morning, it is humbling for me... it is a lifetime achievement for them.

– Mike Tomlinson, Jane's husband
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