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Yorkshire businessman in Oz seaplane crash

Tributes have been paid to a British family - including a high-profile businessman and an 11-year-old girl - after they were killed in a seaplane crash in Sydney on New Year's Eve.

Leeds-born Richard Cousins, the 58-year-old chief executive of FTSE 100 company Compass Group, died alongside his sons Will and Edward, aged 25 and 23, his fiancee Emma Bowden, 48, and her young daughter Heather while they were on holiday in Australia.

The group were were on a return flight to Sydney's Rose Bay, close to Sydney Harbour, when the small aircraft apparently nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River off Jerusalem Bay, 25 miles north of Sydney city centre, at about 3.10pm on Sunday.

A sixth person on board, Sydney Seaplanes pilot Gareth Morgan, 44, also died.

Friends and colleagues described Mr Cousins, who was a graduate of the University of Sheffield, as "well known and respected" after he helped transform Compass' fortunes upon becoming the ailing catering firm's boss in 2006. He had been due to step down from the role in March this year.


Hull woman jailed for 3 years in Egypt - breaking news

A woman from Hull has been jailed for three years for smuggling drugs into Egypt.

Shop worker Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested after she was found to be carrying 290 tramadol tablets in her suitcase, a painkiller which is legal in the UK but which is banned in Egypt.

Ms Plummer's family, who have described her as "naive", said she was taking the tablets for her Egyptian partner Omar Caboo, who suffers from severe back pain.

Her mother Roberta Sinclair had travelled to Egypt for the Boxing Day hearing which had been adjourned from Christmas Day because Laura was too upset.

Her sister Rachel Plummer said her family was " devastated " by the sentence. Her family said her lawyers have lodged an immediate appeal..


Corrie star Bev's Xmas message to servicemen & women

Coronation Street actress Beverley Callard, who is from Leeds, has thanked servicemen and women from the armed forces as she shared her Christmas message.

The Yorkshire-born star, who plays Liz McDonald in the ITV soap, posted her festive greeting on social media.

She tweeted: "Merry merry Christmas to all our wonderful Service Men and Women! And THEIR FAMILIES THANK YOU! Both my Jon's have served in combat zones on Christmas Day, so we know only too well what it's like. Hope the Officers serve a tasty Christmas dinner xxxxxx".

Bradford man in court of terror charges

A 42-year-old old man from Bradford has appeared in court charged with two offences under the Terrorism Act following an investigation by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

Farooq Rashid of Ducy Crescent, Bradford, appeared before Westminster magistrates charged with one count of dissemination of a terrorist publication, contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006 and one count of possessing a publication likely to be useful to a terrorist.

Rashid, who was arrested in October 2016 as part of an intelligence led inquiry, was remanded in custody.

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Arena concert huge success

Noel Gallagher headlined last night's concert Credit: MEN Syndication

Fourteen thousand music fans flocked to Manchester Arena last night for its official reopening after May's terror attack.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds were the headline act, with other local stars like the Courteeners and Rick Astley on the bill. Peter Kay made a surprise appearance at the venue where he started his career, working as a steward.

The Oasis song 'Don't Look Back in Anger' was a highlight of the show. It became a symbol of the spirit of Manchester in the aftermath of the attack.

He led the crowd in a chorus of Don't Look Back in Anger Credit: MEN Syndication
Young fans at the concert Credit: MEN Syndication
Poet Tony Walsh gave a reading of his poem This Is The Place Credit: MEN Syndication
The Courteeners rock the Arena Credit: MEN Syndication
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