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Heart transplant family urge people to join donor list

One of the most difficult decisions any family has to make is whether to donate the organs of a loved one to help save another life. More than 200 people have died waiting for organ donations in the last five years in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, and there are over than 850 people waiting for donations at the moment. Mark Gough has been talking to one family who know more than most about the need for donors.

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Former Yorkshire bowler Bob Appleyard dies

Former Yorkshire and England bowler Bob Appleyard has died at the age of 90.

Appleyard played just nine Tests but took 31 wickets in them at a remarkable average of 17.87, and is regarded by many as one of the world's all-time greatest medium-pace bowlers.

Bob Appleyard is on the back row far left as he heads to Australia with the MCC

Yorkshire County Cricket Club announced today that Appleyard, who had been ill for several months, had died.

He did not begin his first-class career until he was 27 and then played for just eight years, between 1950 to 1958.

In that time, though, he was prolific - taking 708 wickets at 15.48.

His Test career spanned just two years, in the mid-1950s, but included an Ashes series victory in Australia under fellow Yorkshireman Len Hutton in 1954-55.

Bradford-born Appleyard's statistics are unmatched by his contemporaries, and stand comparison with the very best from any era.

His bowling style was difficult to define - fast off-breaks, and cutters - but uniquely effective, especially on rain-affected surfaces at a time when wickets were uncovered.

Emmerdale star honoured in Westminster ceremony

Emmerdale actor Bhasker Patel is celebrating after receiving an award at a ceremony at the House of Commons.

Mr Patel, who plays Rishi Sharma, was voted Actor of the Year by the magazine Asian Voice.

Describing himself as a 'jobbing actor', Mr Patel has infact appeared in more than 100 feature films, alongside the likes of Robin Williams and Harrison Ford.

East Coast mainline privatisation branded as "madness" by unions

Rail union campaigners have protested at stations along the East Coast main line to mark the route's return to private ownership.

The RMT union say it should stay in the public sector because it's provided the Treasury with millions of pounds since it was taken over six years ago following the collapse of National Express.

But from tomorrow it will be handed over to be run by private firms Virgin and Stagecoach.

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Cold homes 'could kill 11,000 in region by 2030'

Almost eleven thousand vulnerable people in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire could die in the next fifteen years because they're unable to heat their homes.

The charity National Energy Action's released figures warning about the threat to vulnerable people from cold homes Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

That's the stark warning from the charity National Energy Action says domestic energy consumers are being hit hard by Treasury energy taxes. They're calling on politicians to address the issue as a matter of priority ahead of the general election.

Government figures show there are currently 4.5 million households which are unable to properly heat their homes across the country.

  • In Yorkshire and The Humber, 244850 households (10.8%) live in fuel poverty.
  • NEA believes that of the 3000 'excess winter deaths' in Yorkshire and The Humber every year, 30% of these were attributed to cold homes.
  • Fuel poor households in Yorkshire and The Humber typically need to pay£440 more than their more affluent neighbours to sustain a warm home.

Couple's wedding world record attempt

A couple from Leeds are trying to break a world record with their wedding. Alex and Amy are walking down the aisle with 130 bridesmaids and 100 ushers.

Jane Tomlinson appeal has week of celebrations

Today marks the start of the Jane Tomlinson appeal's week of celebrations.

Jane Tomlinson's appeal has raised over £7million for charities. Credit: Press Association

The appeal supports a range of charities from both Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and there will be events held across the region throughout the week. It has also been revealed today that the appeal has raised over £7million for charities.

First generation of driverless cars

Engineers have revealed the first generation of driverless cars, which could be rolled out across the country in a matter of years. Today the Business Secretary gave more details on three projects taking place across the country - each benefiting from a share of £19 million in government cash. Yorkshire road safety campaigners have welcomed the developments - saying it could lead to safer roads for us all. Matt Price reports.

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