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24 hour strike on Virgin East Coast trains announced

Plans for a 24 strike on Virgin East Coast trains have been announced by rail union RMT.

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The walkout which is over a threat to jobs and working conditions will take place on Monday 3rd October.

Virgin Trains said it will operate a full timetable on the day of the strike.

East Coast services which link London to Edinburgh go through South and North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

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Environment Agency hits back at claims it is not doing enough to tackle illegal fishing

The Environment Agency says it is doing all it can to tackle illegal fishing in our region, despite anglers' claims that gangs are catching fish to sell on.

In the last 12 months in Yorkshire there were more than 300 successful prosecutions of those who did not have a licence - generating more than £75,000 in fines. The Agency said it had a 188 reports of illegal activity.

Hannah Gamlin has been to assess the situation in North Nottinghamshire - an area where the number of people caught fishing illegally has doubled in the last year.

Pub threatened with closure six years ago named Yorkshire pub of year

A community pub, which was saved from closure just six years ago, has today been named CAMRA's Yorkshire Pub of the Year

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Former Foreign Secretary William Hague, was among those who helped save the George and Dragon in Hudswell from closure and put money into the venture. And the former local MP carried out the official opening of the pub which is also now a hub for a wide range of activities and services in the Yorkshire dales village.

Calls for Leeds homecoming event to be Yorkshire celebration

There are calls for the Olympic-Paralympic homecoming event being planned by Leeds City Council to be made into a celebration across Yorkshire.

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Leeds will hold its own Olympic-Paralympic homecoming event, says council leader

Leeds City Council Leader Judith Blake has said that the city will hold its own Olympic-Paralympic homecoming parade.

It comes after Prime Minister Theresa May announced today that Manchester will host the main homecoming parade for Britain's athletes.

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Councillor Blake said in a statement that Leeds has so much to 'celebrate' with such a cross-section of medallists and that the council would make sure the athletes get the recognition they deserve.

We will be hosting a large homecoming event in Leeds to recognise the fantastic performances of both our Olympic and Paralympic athletes in Rio. The people of Leeds are extremely proud of all our athletes flying the flag so magnificently for both the city and Yorkshire.

Leeds has so much to celebrate, with such a cross-section of medallists in gymnastics, triathlon, cycling, diving, rowing and still Nicola Adams in the boxing to come. We will absolutely make sure the Leeds event gives the athletes the recognition and appreciation they so fully deserve for their wonderful achievements.”

– Judith Blake, Leeds City Council Leader

The date and full details of the Leeds homecoming event are in the process of being finalised.

Yorkshire MP becomes new minister for the Northern Powerhouse

The MP for Brigg and Goole Andrew Percy takes over as the minister responsible for the Northern Powerhouse today.

Andrew Percy - MP for Brigg and Goole Credit: ITV Yorkshire

His role is to attract investment into our region's cities and towns. He takes over from Stockton South MP James Wharton, who has a new job as a minister for International Development.

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