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Couple must wait on Government's marriage decision

The government has asked for more time to consider the case of a couple who want to have one of the first same sex weddings in the UK.

Paul and Michael Atwal-Brice, from Thurnscoe, near Barnsley, hoped to get married on the first available day in March.

Paul and Michael Atwal-Brice may not be able to marry on the first day gay marriage is legalised

They've threatened the government with legal action because they believe it breaches their human rights, the deadline for a response passed yesterday. Until now the Department for Culture Media and Sport has insisted it can't make the changes straight away.

Police issue fresh appeal for information on Hackenthorpe murder

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Sheffield before Christmas have renewed their appeal for witnesses.

Simon Holdsworth's body was found in a field in Hackenthorpe. Police say they are looking for anyone who held a grudge against him. One man has been arrested and released on bail.

Sub Lt Phil Etheridge says anyone in the area could have vital information:

Delivery company helping Air Ambulance stay airborne

A courier company is helping with a special delivery to keep Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) on the move.

Leeds-based Dynamic Despatch now transports helmets worn by the air ambulance's pilots from its Wakefield base to West Sussex for regular safety testing.

The helmets are collected once or twice a month and are taken by next-day delivery to Headset Services, in Shoreham-by-Sea.

Andrew Edwards, managing director of Dynamic Despatch, said: "Yorkshire Air Ambulance is a tremendous asset to this region. We are proud we're able to support the charity and play a part in ensuring its safety.

"At Dynamic Despatch we understand the need for rapid response, safety and reliability and when Yorkshire Air Ambulance contacted us we didn't hesitate in saying we would help."

Dynamic Despatch transports the helmets free of charge. It has also joined YAA's Yorkshire Business Supporters Network.

Neale Jacobs, office and operations manager for YAA, said: "The service that Dynamic Despatch are providing to Yorkshire Air Ambulance is invaluable.

"We have around 25 helmets that need servicing down South each year - having to pay to have them couriered there and back each time would become extremely costly for the charity, but with the help of Dynamic Despatch we are able to avoid these costs.

"We cannot thank them enough for their generosity and support. As an independent charity, gestures such as this are extremely important to us."


PCC told he was wrong to suspend Chief Constable

Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has been told he was wrong to suspend the county's temporary Chief Constable, a move that has cost taxpayers more than a £160,000.

A report into the lessons learned reveals Alan Hardwick ignored legal advice when he suspended Neil Rhodes. Mr Rhodes is now confirmed as the new chief and Mr Hardwick said today the pair had moved on.

Chris Kiddey reports:

Wakefield Council says "no" to HS2

Wakefield’s councillors have today voted against the Government’s plans for the new HS2 high speed rail network. At the meeting of full Council councillors made it clear that Wakefield welcomes investment in the rail network in the North and called for a package of transport investment measures.

They put forward an investment package proposal aiming to give better value for money and to better address the economic problems facing both the Wakefield district and City Region.

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