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Campaign for voting age to be lowered stepped up

If you are sixteen years old you can pay tax. You can join the army. You can even marry. But one thing you're not old enough to do is vote.

With a little over five weeks until the European Elections, there are calls for a change in the law to let more teenagers head to the ballot box - by lowering the age from 18.

As part of a project run by ITV News and the national charity Media Trust, one teenager from Grimsby has been listening to both sides of the argument. His name is Kieran Yeoman and this is his report.

Thousands of fish die after fire in Leeds

Thousands of fish have been killed by pollution from a huge fire in Leeds.

It broke out in the early hours of Monday morning at a chemical recycling firm by the Leeds Liverpool canal.

Now chemicals have leaked out and poisoned a mile long stretch of the waterway. Police are investigating a report that the fire itself may have been started by burglars.

Chris Kiddey reports.

Asylum seeker facing deportation fears for the safety of her children

An asylum seeking mother of two says that if she, and her daughters, are deported to Nigeria her little girls will face a practice the United Nations condemns as 'cruel, inhuman and degrading'.

Afusat Saliu, who has been living in Leeds, fled her home in Lagos over fears that her first child would be forced to go through Female Genital Mutiliation - just like she did.

In Britain, FGM as it is known, is a criminal offence which carries a 14-year-prison sentence.

Thousands of people are supporting Afusat, but as things stand, she and her young daughters will be deported on Friday.

Lisa Adlam has the story:


Leeds dementia campaigner meets PM

A man from Leeds who has been campaigning to make his local community more dementia friendly met the Prime Minister this afternoon to discuss how his ideas could be used across the country.

Peter Smith's local MP Alec Shelbrooke organised the visit to see how his work to make businesses more understanding could be used nationally.

Offshore wind farms boosted by Government investment

The Government has announced a major financial boost for two offshore wind companies in our region.

The two projects, one in The Wash off north Norfolk and the other off the coast at Hornsea will benefit from new investment contracts, which could lead to hundreds of new jobs.

They are two of eight renewable power projects which have been given support to help meet green energy targets.

Energy Secretary, Ed Davey, says now is the best time to invest in such projects:

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