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David Cameron: 'if people want to donate then they should'

A Bradford charity has told ITV Calendar that it is considering withdrawing its work from the Calais camps, claiming that too many people are there for the wrong reasons.

The UK Government has so far preferred to focus its attention on the camps in the countries bordering Syria. But the Prime Minister said that people should not be discouraged from donating aid to Calais if they wished to do so.

"There are some important charities working in Calais to help people there and if people want to donate to that part of the refugee crisis then they should. I would encourage people to give to responsible charities that can account for what they do."

– Prime Minister David Cameron

He nevertheless defended the Government's record of helping those caught up in the refugee crisis.

"The right way to help the refugee crisis is to donate money to the Syrian refugee organisations including the work that is being done in Turkey and Lebanon and Jordan. We don't want to encourage people to make what is a very dangerous journey to Europe."

– Prime Minister David Cameron

The Prime Minister said the people living in the Calais Jungle should talk to French authorities and put in an asylum claim there. He pointed out that Britain is 'building very strong borders around the tunnel and the Calais port', in an attempt to 'make sure that people who come to Britain have a right to come to Britain.'


Bradford charity considers withdrawing Calais assistance

A Bradford-based charity has told ITV Calendar that it is considering withdrawing its aid from the camp in Calais, following a visit to assess the situation in the area.

A human chain forms to transport a food donation into the camp Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Human Relief Foundation said that many people living in the Calais Jungle have enough food and clothes, with some suggesting they are happy to stay in the camp.

Deputy CEO Kassim Tokan described life in the camp as “miserable”, but said the visit had led him to question the motivations of some people living there.

“I thought they have valid reason, but most of them they haven’t any valid reason… they want to go (to the UK) to get money, a better economic situation.”

– Kassim Tokan, Human Relief Foundation

Given the current political climate, Mr Tokan suggested many of the people living in the camps would be better off closer to home.

“There is no point in staying here... Syrian people in Jordan have a much better life.”

– Kassim Tokan, Human Relief Foundation

He stressed that each case had to be taken individually, but indicated that it would be difficult to isolate “genuine” cases among the thousands of people living in the camps.

Mr Tokan suggested the charity would look instead to support people closer to their country of origin. “We need to find other places to help them… we are going to help people in Jordan, in Lebanon, in Turkey.”

Yorkshire Ripper 'allowed out for trip to hospital eye unit'

The Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe was allowed out of Broadmoor to visit an NHS eye clinic, according to The Sun.

The newspaper published a picture of him without handcuffs at Surrey's Frimley Park Hospital.

He reportedly shared a joke with guards during the trip. The notorious killer is reportedly undergoing tests at the eye clinic as doctors try to save his sight. Sutcliffe was jailed for life in 1981 for the murder of 13 women and attempted murder of seven others.


Osborne hopes Chinese money will transform Yorkshire infrastructure

George Osborne is hoping Chinese money could help transform infrastructure in Yorkshire's cities as part of his "Northern Powerhouse" plan to grow the economy in theregion.

The Chancellor on a trade trip to China has made a pitch for Chinese companies to invest in the HS2 high speed rail link between London - Sheffield and Leeds, as well as regeneration projects in the two Yorkshire cities. Accompanying the Chancellor are council leaders from the Northern Powerhouse cities including Sheffield and Leeds.

Yorkshire's Richard Pyrah announces retirement

Yorkshire's Richard Pyrah has announced his retirement from the game.

Richard Pyrah Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 32 year old all-rounder, who was born in Dewsbury, made his debut for the White Rose in 2004 and scored over 3000 runs in all forms of the game and taken over 300 wickets. He will now take up a role on the clubs coaching staff.

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