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Eric Morecambe back in place thanks to Yorkshire sculptor

The statue of Eric Morecambe, which was damaged in October when it was wrenched from its plinth, is back in place tonight thanks to the Yorkshire sculptor who first made it. The bronze likeness was lifted back into place by crane this morning, after the act of vandalism forced its removal from the sea front in the Lancashire resort which bears his name. Damon Green reports.

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Seven Yorkshire players in World Cup contention

Yorkshire have seven players selected in England’s initial 30-man squad for the ICC World Cup.

County champions Yorkshire have seven players in England's provisional ICC World Cup squad Credit: Press Association

Seamer Jack Brooks has received his first England call up with Adil Rashid making a return to the England set-up.

They're joined by fellow county championship winners Liam Plunkett, Tim Bresnan, Jonathan Bairstow, Gary Ballance and Joe Root.

Yorkshire Ambulance Trust chief exec resigns

The Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Ambulance NHS Trust, David Whiting has resigned.

Yorkshire Ambulance chief exec David Whiting executive resigns

Mr Whiting joined the service in 2011 and will be replaced on a temporary basis by Rod Barnes, the current deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance.

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.

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