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Report shows dramatic rise in people turning to food banks for emergency handouts

Campaigners are claiming parts of the region are in the grip of a hunger crisis as a new report lays bare a dramatic rise in people turning to food banks for emergency handouts.

More than 37,000 people in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire received three days emergency food over the last year - that's almost a three fold increase on the previous 12 months.

All this on the day, that new figures show an extra 3,000 people have lost their jobs in our region over the last three months. We have two reports, first this from James Webster.

Campaign to donate old bikes for new cyclists rolling on

Ahead of the Grand Depart, it's natural that the whole of Yorkshire is thinking what we'll get out of the Tour De France. But for one charity in West Yorkshire, volunteers are planning what they can give back.

The Streetbikes charity in Liversedge is hoping people inspired to buy new bikes by the Tour will donate their old ones. They've already taught more than two thousand people how to ride - and want to help even more people saddle up, as Helen Steel reports

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Rise in food bank users is shocking says Leeds West MP

The number of people relying on food banks in the region has more than tripled in the last year.

Figures from the largest food bank provider - the Trussel Trust - show that more 37,000 people in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire received three days worth of food from a food bank, compared with just over 10,000 the previous year.

Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves says the reliance on food banks is shocking, as another opens in her constituency:

York pilot stars in solo air display

A pilot from York is starring in a one man air show commemorating 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

Flight Lieutenant Dave Kirby (l) with Flight Lieutenant Jon Trueman
Flight Lieutenant Dave Kirby (l) with Flight Lieutenant Jon Trueman

Dave Kirby, who lives in Poppleton with his family, recently qualified to perform displays in public.

The RAF Tucano T1 is scheduled to carry out over 60 displays at 40 different venues in the UK and overseas this summer.

New design for Tucano display aircraft
New design for Tucano display aircraft

The display Tucano has received a special livery to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. The scheme features a ‘cloud’ of poppies around the nose and the words ‘Lest we Forget’. The words and a single large poppy are emblazoned on the underside.

Click here to visit the team's website for tour dates

Concern over relatives driving with dementia

The onset of dementia and a general decline in the power to think clearly is the greatest concern that families have about elderly relatives driving, according to recently compiled research.

In Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, nearly half of all people are worried about it, a survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists has found.

Forty-two per cent of people who have concerns about an older relative driving have tried to discuss this with them.

Kate Bunkall reports:

Unemployment up across Yorkshire and the Humber

Latest unemployment figures show that more people across the country are in work.

However, in Yorkshire and the Humber, the number of people out of work has risen by 3,000.

Unemployment figures up across the region
Unemployment figures up across the region Credit: Press Association

The rate of unemployment is among the highest in the country at 8.5%. There is a total of 238,000 people out of work across the region.

Read more about today's unemployment figures

The news comes as figures show that the number of people using food banks has more than doubled in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

Read more about the rise in food bank users

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